Richard Cullinan, sword expert

Richard Cullinan

@ Stoccata School of Defence, Australia

Richard Cullinan first formally studied fencing in 1997 under Peter Linich, Maestro di Scherma. Building on this classical foundation, he branched out into historical fencing systems, and is now the leading researcher and exponent of Renaissance Italian fencing systems within Australia, and recognised internationally for his research in Bolognese swordsmanship.

Richard primarily teaches courses in Bolognese swordsmanship and Italian rapier, and occassionally teaches classes in spadone. He has also qualified as an Instructor at Arms in Classical Italian School fencing through the Fencing Masters Certificate program at Sonoma State University, California USA.

He has given seminars in most major cities of Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the USA.  Richard’s research is available online through his personal website,