Ken Harding

Ken Harding holds a 9th degree black belt in Japanese martial arts. He has been a martial arts teacher in St. Louis for more than 30 years, and has taught over a thousand students.  Having trained in Japan, he is very familiar with swords, daggers, spears, and empty hand combat.  He has invested well over 30,000 hours to the study and perfection of combative arts, and he constantly strives to improve and refine his methods of teaching and training. 

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Since 2010 his focus has shifted to Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), and in particular the Bolognese system of combative arts.  He has joined others who have been working diligently to restore these ancient and forgotten fighting systems that deserve to live again.

He is one of the featured instructors at L' Arte Delle Armi, a three-day international workshop on Bolognese martial arts hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild: