About Benjamin J Smith
J. SMITH began training in historical European martial arts in 2000 at
the age of 17. He earned his Masters Degree in Public History in 2008
from Washington State University, and achieved a certification to teach a
dao style of Gao Baguazhang in 2012, under the tutelage of Robert J.
Arnold. He began interpreting and teaching Sigmund Ringeck’s longsword
style in 2009. In 2014 he moved to Boise, Idaho, and founded his
current group, The Hilt and Cross, and has been teaching there ever