The Broadsword Academy is happy and proud to announce that hereby our long-time student and 4th degree mentor Peter Stabel is certified as Cateran.
Peter proofed over the last 10+ years he trained with us, that he is a disciplined, dedicated and concentrated fencer. Not only that he really is adapting the historical material in training and in sparring like it should look, he is also good in fencing tactics, learns from his errors and is always open to learn something new.
He also proofed again and again, that he can use Broadsword (and related weapons) in sparring against other weapons and styles very good. He is also always open for experiments with different weapons, weird weapons and fun stuff as well as unarmed combat and always has the ability to adapt his skills and arsenal on these with effectiveness.
Finally he is also a very nice guy, humble and gentle, well mannered and has good spirit. He never shows unnecessary aggression or brutality. He is not a big talker, but when he says something, it has value for our training and the group. And he is also happy to try out new toys. Being a natural lefty, he was able to adapt over the years using his right hand nearly as good as his left with all kinds of weapons.
Over the last 10 years he participated in many HEMA and other martial arts events, did crossover sparrings meetings and assisted as instructor in regular practice-sessions as well as during workshops and seminars. And he is the guy in most of our videos 😉
In a final test training he had to work through several drills as well as being tested in sparring facing different weapons and finishing with a one vs three Smallsword-bouts, where he had to hit at least one or two opponents successfully per round. He showed again good form and spirit even when being under pressure.
Here you can see one of my favourite bouts with him.
He really deserves the position as Cateran. Well done, old chap!