Instructor – Cameron Paine

Instructor – Cameron Paine

Cameron Paine is a gentleman who feels the need – the need for precise and well executed cornering, but not before taking into account the local topography, precipitation levels, local road signage, consideration for other vehicular users and pedestrians and calculating the potentiality for change in any of these. He could indeed write the book of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. These qualities were of great value when he was practicing his previous martial arts in the years before joining the SSA. Initially within the predecessor to the SSA he studied rapier, but then moved on to train in Highland Broadsword with Lyell Drummond and applied his methodical approach to the discipline.

Watching a hit land by Cameron has the slow inevitability of having a picnic under a tree in a forest and hearing the giant redwood you are leaning against groan and start to topple forward. If a tree falls in a forest and there is no one alive, can you hear the scream – Cameron can.

Cameron loves Highland Broadsword so much that he talks about it at every opportunity, which has left some very bemused traffic wardens and Tesco cashiers in his wake and many exhausted bartenders around the world, where he has gone to study and exercise his art, who have begged to be allowed to close the bar at 5am in the morning.

Having become adept at highland broadsword Cameron began to feel the call of other disciplines once again and for a time considered the art of origami, but, being a people sort of person, he decided to combine the two and try people folding instead, which despite being called unarmed combat does actually use a lot of arms. Using his same relentless methodology, many is the student who has found themselves folded slowly into the shape of an exquisite swan on the floor only to hear “Now this is where the good stuff starts”.