Eric Schmidt, Head Instructor
Eric served as Armorer during the 2010-2011
school year, Captain for Fall of 2011 and will resume that post
for 2012-2013 before graduating with a degree in anthropology.
Hisgoals as armorer were to outfit
the club in new and safer
equipment and to expand
the club's collection of
classical and historical
weaponry. He saw to the selling
of unused electrical fencing
equipment for the profit of new
swords and better protective
gear for new fencers. His goals
as captain were to increase
endurance and footwork abilities
of the club, establish an
internalization of First Rank
knowledge for all club members
and run a salle based on respect
and scholarship. Eric practices
Italian Foil, Epee, and Sabre,
Spanish Sabre, Lichtenauer
Longsword, and dabbles in Rapier
Beth Levin, President
Beth Levin is a current junior studying English with a
Religion minor. She started Sport fencing
with foil her sophomore year of high school and instantly fell
in love with its combination of fast
thinking and problem solving, along with the fact that it is a
graceful, fast action, and potentially deadly dance. Coming to
Whitman College, she found that the Classical
fencing style was just as much fun to learn, and was
exited to branch out of her native foil to learn sabre and epee,
along with other Western Martial Arts. She knows that if an
opportunity for a duel ever presents itself, she will be better
prepared from learning a variety of weapons, although foil would
still be her trusty weapon of choice. In her spare time, she
loves to read fantasy books, shoot zombies, and bake bread.
Sam Chapman, Vice President
Sam is a sophomore Environmental Humanities major who has been
enamored by sword fights in books and movies since he was
little. He began fencing in his freshman year and is now
confident with the foil, although Italian and Spanish sabre are
his styles of choice. This year, Sam serves as the club's vice
president, and has made it a priority to take Whitman Fencing to
a tournament. He also plans to study sword-and-buckler, and
improve his sabre skills. In his spare time, Sam enjoys
backpacking, his classical guitar, and writing stories.
Kate Seiberlich, Secretary
Kate was elected to be Secretary in the spring of 2012. She was
also chosen to continue the line of Sauna Mistress by past
Mistress, Nina Estep. When it comes to different weapons she
enjoys using Lictenauer Dagger and Italian foil, and also trying
to learn the ways of rapier and dagger. Over the next few years,
she plans to work on keeping alumni more connected with the club
and on understanding
new manuscripts. Right now, she plans to major in Philosophy.
Erik Anderson, Treasurer/Budget Manager
Erik is current Environmental Humanities major, and will be
receiving a minor in History. Before coming to
Whitman, he had no experience or even interest in Classical
Italian Fencing. Erik is committed to the three
main disciplines of fencing; foil, epee, and sabre.
Of these, he feels that sabre is the most enjoyable and
wishes that he had more time to practice. Outside
of fencing, he is interested in environmental causes, fine book
collecting, and pre-modern European and colonial history.
Kyle was the President from 2009-2012. He served as the
Captain for the 2010-2011 school year and during the spring
semester of the 2011-2012 school year before graduating in the
spring of 2012 with degrees in Biology and Philosophy.
He is currently attending Law School in Boulder, CO.
Kyle’s goal as President was to press for more traditional and historical
fencing instruction. To this end he oversaw
the procuring of various practice weapons and texts as well as
getting the club more involved in the Western Martial Arts
community at large.
Kyle’s work outside of instructing focused predominantly on Italian Foil,
Italian Saber, Spanish Saber, Lichtenauer Dagger, Lichtenauer
Longsword and the proper acquisition and application of new
technical skills and knowledge.
Nina Estep was the Vice President from 2009-2012. She graduated
in the Spring of 2012 with a degree in Biology. She is currently
on a gap year at home in Seattle before applying to graduate
Nina’s work focused predominantly on Italian Foil and the Spanish Navaja
style of knife-fighting, but has also taught pugilism and scraps
of Italian Longsword. Side goals include encouraging the
tight-knit atmosphere of the club through organization of movie
nights, sauna parties and idle chit-chat.
Sam was a member of Fencing From 2009-2012, serving as webmaster
for 2011 and 2012 and an assistant instructor for his final
year. He graduated from Whitman with a Double Major in Physics
and Astronomy and is currently working towards his PhD in
Astronomy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
After reaching Second Rank, Sam spent a large portion of his time
with the club working one-on-one to prepare younger students for
rank tests. In his final year he took an active role in club
leadership and participated in many of the conversations and
decisions regarding club policies and the future direction of
Sam's martial interests include Italian Foil, Italian and Spanish
Saber, Italian Rapier and Dagger, I33 German Sword and Buckler,
and Lichtenauer Dagger.
Andrew graduated in 2012 with a degree in Chemistry and is
now attending the University of Michigan. While at Whitman, he
was always available to help other students learn and refine
their foil technique; working tirelessly to prepare them for
their rank tests.
As student of many other martial arts, Andrew was
able to bring fresh insight into the biomechanics and uses of
the historical techniques and weapons. He played an influential
role in developing the new historical weapon curriculum and
testing standards during the summer of 2012. He hopes to study
with the Ann Arbor Sword Club and return to Whitman to lead a
historical weapons workshop within the next few years.
After spending the first
years of her life as a feral wolf-child in the wilds of
Washington, Kayla was adopted by a suburban family and taught
how to interact in normal society. Upon coming to Whitman, she
discovered fencing as a way to reconnect with her savage
instincts. When she is not thirsting for blood, she enjoys
studying physics and mathematics.
was the Head Instructor
of the club and was in charge of the instruction in foil and saber.
He was a senior who was with the Fencing Club for four
years. Beforehand, he also served as the President of the
club for a year and a half and the Treasurer and Congress
Contact for a year. Stephen received all three stars in the
club ranking system.
started fencing his sophomore year. First taught the basics of
foil by Jeff Hutchinson, Nicholas later learned epee, rapier, longsword, and dagger drills his junior year under Will Patillo.
During his junior year, Nicholas served as
Fencing Club’s Key Bearer, ASWC representative at the monthly
House of Clubs meetings, and budget representative. Nicholas
and Will attended the 4W event in Seattle - a biannual event
that hosts many of the most renowned maestros in the United
States - during which time he learned some French smallsword
and baroque sword from Maestro Jeanette Acosta-Ramirez and Mr.
Tom Leoni, respectively.
Senior year, Nicholas was voted club President,
and he also co-instructed Fencing Club with Stephen Parkin.
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