Andrea Lupo-Sinclair is the founder & technical director of FISAS, (now ASD FISAS), the first independent Federative Association ever created in the world for the study and practice of the Historical and Traditional Fencing, and of the Traditional Fencing Academy “Manuela Lecchi” and its recent development, the ALS ACADEMY.
Born in 1964 in Firenze from an Italo-Swiss family who has roots both from North and South of Europe, he grew in Venezia and Turin, then lived in Milano for more than forty years, where he frequented the High School for Classical Studies “G.Berchet”, and later the faculty of Political & Social Sciences (History, Geopolitics, Social Psychology) at the State University of Milan.
Formerly a practitioner of Boxing, in 1987 he had the opportunity to discover the Duelling Fencing as it was traditionally practiced for training.
He then dedicated himself to research into the old martial disciplines of the European History, with an over twenty-five years long training curriculum of practice all over Europe.
As a true pioneer of the European Martial Arts revival and one of the first ever in modern times, he has conducted extensive researches of reliable teachers, old duellists, traditional systems and documents for the knowledge and teaching of the Art of Fencing since its roots. He discovered that in Europe are still existing traditional lineages traceable back to the late XVIII Century, and had often the opportunity to handle original weapons and to train and fence with sharps.
Andrea Lupo-Sinclair can be considered a very preminent representant of the current revival of HEMA all over the world and of the high cultural battle to give a new good reputation to disciplines often neglected and misunderstood: since 1996 – at the beginning of the rediscovery of the so-called “Historical Fencing” – most of the main researchers and students of Italian Schools in Europe and USA have learned from him.
Particularly in Italy, in a period when “historical” in fencing had mostly the meaning of “medieval reenacment”, he has been the first to revive the “Striscia” – original name of the typical Italian Rapier and forgotten since the late XIX century – and to develop for this weapon a complete system in its traditional forms, techniques and philosophy, experimenting also rules for free competitive assaults, now practiced by several organisations.
Together with the foundation of FISAS – which originally included also members of the Sportfencing Masters Association – Andrea Lupo-Sinclair has inspired and contributed to the creation of several organisations and experimental research groups, and continue to do so as an independent professional free from political engagements, with the only goal of developing the deepest possible knowledge of the european martial systems and disciplines in all the aspects still possible to pratice today.
After years of researches first on the living tradition of the Duelling Fencing then in the so called “Early Historical Fencing” (the “Old School”) of Europe from the Renaissance period – of which we can only have a partial knowledge from written sources – being always focused on motion schemes, on martial principles and on the physical and psychological effects of a real fight, he has developed a personal and unique method of teaching and training for the practice and application of a complete Martial Art also in its phylosophical elements of personal growth and knowledge and mind/body education and developement.
Andrea Lupo Sinclair has since long time ago strongly believed to the importance of understanding body mechanics and their founding principles as the first and most important step before learning techniques; and this is especially necessary for the early fencing systems which do not have any living tradition but only written documents, that require a careful and accurate study and practice to be able to both preserve their potentials and making them useful still today in modern life for a modern pratictioner and martialist. The Andrea Lupo-Sinclair’s Method is therefore firmly based on his education, training, extensive research of historical documents and proven experiments, free from academic stiffness and conformism and deeply inspired to the spirit of the free Masters of the past, to create a personal system and style and to make the practitioner to develop and improve his/her personal and unique potentials.
He is the designer of the “FISAS blade”, by many instructors considered amongst the best Rapier full contact training blades ever created in modern times. In the last years in Italy he has also created Longsword, Sidesword and Sabre blades for contact training and developed a complete fencing gear and equipment that set the standards for FISAS and many other organisations for a safe and reliable practice of the historical fencing.
As Technical Director of FISAS, Andrea Lupo-Sinclair has certified several Masters and Instructors that are now fully operationals in their own Salle of Arms preserving the legacy and the experience of many years of practice he has left them.
He has also studied Personal Defence, Stick Fighting, Aikido under Yoji Fujimoto Sensei in Milan – which helped him a lot in understanding the correct pedagogy of a teacher – and the Indian Art Kalari Payat (Kalaripayattu).
In 2008 he has restarted intensive practice of the Boxing and Pugilism, is a certified Instructor of the Military Defense System “R.I.S.” of Maestro Vinicio Del Beccaro, has been cohoperating with the Research Center created by the School of “Fiore Rosso” Kung Fu/Wing Tsun (Sifu Antonio Luciani and Pietro N. Roselli Lorenzini) in Italy, and studied the Combat Glima (nordic wrestling) under the direct teaching of M. Lars Magnar Enoksen in Norway.
Andrea Lupo Sinclair has been for several years the National Didactical Director for Historical Fencing for the Italian Sport and Education Center and although now partially retired from teaching, he still gives private instructions and travels in Italy and to several other countries such as Spain, UK, France, Switzerland and Malta to teach in international workshops.
He currently lives in Milano, Italy.