Matlock Hargrove has more than twenty years of martial arts experience, beginning with Taekwondo in 1995 and continuing with Shorin-ryu Karate, Hapkido, Kung Fu, and MMA. He discovered HEMA through the Ottawa Historical Fencing Society in 2017 and has dedicated himself to studying it ever since. His primary focus is the study of Liechtenauer’s Kunst des Fechtens, including the longsword, messer and ringen.

To support his study of HEMA, Matlock has travelled extensively, and had the opportunity to study with veteran instructors across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. He is also enrolled in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program at Carleton University, and has sought to develop an understanding of physical conditioning and fitness as they relate to martial arts training. He is currently developing a ringen curriculum for OHFS.