J. Christoph Amberger was born and raised in Cold-War West Berlin, Germany. He studied in Berlin, Göttingen, Aberdeen and Annapolis and holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a litigation attorney in Baltimore City.
As a member of two German student Corps, he fought 7 sharp Mensuren between 1985 and 1987. He has been fencing competitively since 1984 and today teaches youth teams and adult fencing classes at Baltimore Fencing Center in Timonium, Maryland.
Up until recently, Amberger actively competed in both épée and saber. He’s been holding the rank of ikkyu in Tomiki aikido for many years and swears that some time soon, he will start pursuing his black belt.
Having accumulated one of the greatest collections of historical fencing art, weapons, and literature in the United States, Amberger launched Hammerterz Forum in 1994, one of the first journals exclusively devoted to the exploration of historical fencing. Apart from hundreds of articles and dozens of publications, Amberger has published four books, with more in the pipeline.
Among them is The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts, on whose concept this site is based.
Amberger is married, has three kids, and lives in Towson, Maryland. His favorite quote? Click here.
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