The BFHS is very pleased to announce Mr. Martin Dougherty has been elected as BFHS President.

Martin’s career in Martial Arts began in the mid 1980s. Since that time he has gained Dan grades in four Eastern Martial Arts and is a Master Level Instructor/Senior Assessor with the All-Styles Martial Arts Association, being appointed Head of Coaching in 2011. With the ASMAA he has studied Oriental Martial Arts in addition to European Martial Arts systems such as catch wrestling, Western kicking systems, combatives and modern street combat. He started his sports fencing career in 1987, becoming a club coach in 1990, and coached the University of Sunderland fencing team.

His professional career is as an Author, and has published or contributed to a significant number of books (around 80) on various topics including military history, armed and unarmed combat and fencing. He has also been involved in television as a researcher and weapons expert and has previously worked in education and the defense sector.

Martin has been working as the BFHS Chief Assessor for some time now, a role which he will continue to work as, and hopes to expand his influence within the BFHS to improving and modernizing it’s Guidelines, Best Practices and Resources to the HEMA Community and building relationships between it and the wider martial community.

If you would like to reach out to Martin on any of these areas, you can reach him at president@thebfhs.org.uk.