Before discovering Historical European Martial Arts, Kiana Shurkin co-founded and captained the fencing club at Atholton High School and earned her red belt in Tae Kwon Do. She began her HEMA training in 2010 under the tutelage of Jake Norwood. After competing in Swordfish in 2012, she remained in Europe to complete a three-month Swordsurfing tour, during which she had the opportunity to train with HEMA clubs in several different countries. Since then, she has placed in international competition and taught multiple workshops along the East coast. Martial arts have been a part of Kiana’s life for as long as she can remember, and she has sought continually to expand her understanding of them through exposure to a variety of styles, ranging from MMA to stage combat. She enjoys sharing her passion with others and hopes to contribute something of value to the journey of each person who attends her workshops.