Aldo F. Valente
, Free Scholler, holds the position as one of the instructors at AEMMA, discovered the AEMMA website in 2004 and learned about an AEMMA presentation at the Royal Ontario Museum in March of 2004, entitled "How a Man Shall be Armed in the 14th Century" and decided then and there to join the Academy. Aldo formally joined AEMMA on March 29, 2004 and later, successfully played for the prize of Scholler rank on may 29, 2005. He has experience with Western boxing at an amateur level and is interested in all things historical, particularly, military history. He frequents and enjoys workshops, such as the WMAW and ISMAC. Aldo successfully played for the prize of Free Scholler rank on March 1, 2009. He is versed in all the various systems that are studied at the Academy: empty hand combat, dagger/knife, single handed sword form the arming/sidesword to the rapier, the long sword, and all forms of pole weapons.
He has been involved in the teaching of the Royal Ontario Museum's swordsmanship course for over 2 years and is currently in charge of the program at the Academy. He has been involved in various promotional and educational presentations on behalf of the Academy, the most recent engagement was for the new TMN special "Pillars of the Earth". He also delivers instruction on grappling and dagger techniques at St. Michael's College, UofT.