In 2003, Mr. Longino was accepted as a formal student of Maestro Ramón Martínez and Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martínez, training in both classical and historical weapons. He earned the rank of Prévôt d’Armes (Provost of Arms) in November of 2013 and is certified to instruct in all weapons taught at the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York and continues to instruct in these methods at the Salle Saint-George in Seattle, WA. Mr. Longino is also a student and affiliate instructor, working toward full instructorship, under Maestro James Loriega of the Raven Arts Institute.
Weapon certifications by date: French foil (September, 2007), French small-sword, (September, 2007), Spanish rapier (July, 2009),traditional rapier (January, 2012), Italian rapier (January, 2012), contre-pointe (June, 2013), poignard (June, 2013), dueling sword, Italian foil and Italian dueling sabre (October, 2013).
Striving to educate the public about classical and historical fencing, Mr. Longino serves as the 2nd Vice-President of the Association for Historical Fencing, an organization dedicated to preserving the fencing arts. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Literature (focusing on Elizabethan stagecraft) with a minor in history from the University of North Florida.