Ran Arthur Braun is the founder and artistic director of the “Scuola Brancaleoni”, (International Centre for Historical and Theatrical Combat) in Italy. He is also a member of the Bartitsu Society and a founding member/instructor of Bartitsu Club Italia, Bartitsu Club Israel and Bartitsu Club Russia.
Ran served three years in the Israeli Army and received basic training in Krav Maga. Since 2005 he has collaborated with Tony Wolf and Antonio Merendoni in both theatrical and historical martial arts, specializing in traditional Italian knife and stick fighting and more recently in Bartitsu. He is a co-producer and co-director of the documentary Bartitsu: The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes.
Ran has served as a jury member for the 2008 World Artistic Fencing Championship and other European stage combat championships between 2005-2009. He was the first Resident Director at the Celebration Barn workshop held by the Society of American Fight Directors. Ran collaborates with stunt teams, film productions, theaters, opera houses and festivals in Italy, Germany, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Netherlands, France, Austria, Estonia, Russia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Wales, Israel and USA. He works as a producer and as an opera director and is a guest teacher for many martial arts, theatre, musical and film schools in Europe. He is also a member of the creative team behind GrossHopper – Aerial Stunt Combat System, in collaboration with FlyGrossing.
During the summer of 2007 Ran published his first book, “Artistic Fencing”.