Adam Adrian Crown, Maitre d'Armes
Adam Adrian Crown received his fencing master diploma in 1980 under the tutelage of Maître Jean-Jacques Gillet, then-head fencing coach at Cornell University. He is a fifth degree black belt in karate and has studied a variety of martial disciplines including iaido, aikido, ju jitsu and boxing. Maître Crown has a bachelors degree in cinema studies and a masters degree in organizational communication, both from Ithaca College. He is also a certified Fire & Life Safety Educator.
The Master has a passionate love of horses, and is an out-spoken advocate of non-coercive, "renegade" horsemanship. He is a musician, author and composer and enjoys all kinds of music, particularly classical, jazz, blues and flamenco.
Maître Crown is the creator of the IFV Classical Fencing Method, and author of "Classical Fencing: The Martial Art of Incurable Romantics." He teaches rapier, rapier and dagger, longsword, sabre (mounted and dismounted), boxing fundamentals, and basic self-defense awareness for women.
Linda Wyatt, Maitre d'Armes
Linda Wyatt began her apprenticeship with Maître Crown in 2000 and has worked with him closely since then. Of the dozen or so apprentices who have attempted to become certified instructors under Maitre Crown, Ms. Wyatt is the only one to meet Maître Crown's high standards, and then to excel and earn the rank of Maître d'Armes, herself.
Maitre Wyatt is also IFV Director of Development, a certified Fire and Life Safety Educator, and a certified "Stop the Bleed" Instructor.
A single Mom of three adult children in an unschooling family, Linda is a former La Leche League Leader and Girl Scout Leader. She is currently a volunteer firefighter and EMT, and is a Certified Lab Instructor, assisting with teaching EMT classes. In addition, she is a professional photographer.
Maître Wyatt teaches the introductory class, and teaches rapier, rapier and dagger, longsword and sabre. She also teaches CPR, Functional First Aid, and Stop the Bleed.
Richard P. Alvarez, Maitre d'Armes, Master of Horse
Another “renaissance man,” Maitre Alvarez is an accomplished photographer, film-maker, actor, novelist, screenwriter, and fight choreographer. He specializes in mounted combat, and ancient weapons, training actors and horses to perform in the jousting shows at medieval-themed events across the country. He has also been a judge and emcee at international jousting tournaments such as Lysts on the Lake in Austin, Texas.
He has studied with such reknown fencing masters as Jean-Jaques Gillet, Claude Caux, Michel Sebastiani, and Robert Heddle-Roboth.
Tim Wyatt has been studying with us off and on since 2000. While he is not yet qualified to be an instructor, he leads warm-ups and footwork, and assists with demonstrations of skills in class. In addition to assisting in the intro class, he is also working to improve his own fencing skills, and is a musician, playing the piano and composing.
Karina Burbank has studied with us for several years now. She leads warm-ups and footwork, and assists with demonstrations of skills in class. In addition to assisting in the intro class, she is actively involved in Code Red Robotics, where she works on publicity and recruitment, and she is a writer, working on her novel.
Collin Clary has studied with us since he was eight years old, one of the few students who have made such a strong commitment at such a young age. He also leads warm-ups and footwork and assists with demonstrations of skills in class. In addition to assisting in the intro class, Collin has a strong interest in entomology, with his own collection of various critters including scorpions.