Programs & Classes for Adults, High School & Middle School Students

Armizare is our medieval martial arts program, covering the use of sword, dagger, grappling & throwing, and pole arms. Armizare-Fundamentals-Luke DemoOur Armizare curriculum was developed by Maestro d’Armi Sean Hayes, the Academy’s Head Instructor and Curriculum Director, from medieval manuscripts detailing the specific techniques and martial principles of combat with and without weapons. The student’s foundation for success is laid in our Fundamentals Courses, which teach the basics of stance and movement, the proper handling of the sword and the dagger in both offense and defense, and the fundamental principles of martial arts. The Intermediate Course builds on this foundation, introducing strategic and tactical concepts through discussion, drills in all weapons forms, and carefully supervised sparring at both sword and dagger. From here the student goes on to Advanced Training. We teach Fiore's arts in reference to how effective they would be in a real encounter, and therefore place an absolute emphasis on safety, control, and skill at arms.

Armizazre Class GroupArmizare Fundamentals Courses (Beginners, Intermediates, & Advanced): Covers the fundamentals of martial movement, timing, and distance control. We offer Fundamentals Courses in:

•Longsword     •Single Sword/Sword & Shield     •Spear & Poleaxe

All classes include basic safety skills in falling and rolling, and foundational hand-to-hand and dagger exercises. Armizare Beginners 3Students will receive initial preparation for the first rank test of Apprentice; this training is completed in the Intermediate classes. Eligibility to test for rank is based on a series of skill and safety evaluations completed by the classroom instructor for longsword, dagger, and abrazare (grappling & throwing). When this checklist is complete, the student is eligible to test.

Armizare Proficiencies Courses (Intermediates & Advanced): Continues the work begun in Armizare Fundamentals Classes. Armizare Proficiencies classes are designed to work with a repeat of the Fundamentals course: take both together for an immersive educational experience. Students will receive final preparation for the first rank test of Apprentice; this training was begun in the Fundamentals class. Eligibility to test for rank is based on a series of skill and safety evaluations completed by the classroom instructor. When this checklist is complete, the student is eligible to test.

Armizare Mastery Courses (Advanced): The continuation of the Proficiencies Courses, taught as a 45 minute additional session immediately following the 1 hour 15 minutes Intermediate class. This class covers advanced technical and tactical training in all weapons of the art: sword, dagger, polearms, and grappling. Students are encouraged to also attend the Fundamentals and Proficiencies classes for additional practice.

Fencing is a modern combat sport based on the dueling practices of 19th century Europe. The school employs the traditional fencing pedagogy of Italy's 19th century Scuola Magistrale (Master's School) - the national school for fencing masters, from which the Academy's head instructor traces his training lineage directly to the Scuola Magistrale (see Instructor). 920325_3212985220271_541062962_oThis method focuses on the development of a complete system of technical and tactical skills in the fencer, taught through carefully devised skill drills and supervised fencing practice. Fencers are taught a complete range of actions, starting with the relatively simple and leading to the increasingly complex, so that they incorporate and internalize the necessary skills for a lifetime of successful, enjoyable fencing.  Fencing is based on dueling practice, and although dueling no longer exists, the modern student of fencing can still employ this martial art as a vehicle for both personal and athletic development. It is an ideal sport for men and women of all ages, because the fencer relies on skill, cunning and composure rather than on size, strength or speed. Academy classes include technical drills, tactical drills, and supervised bouting practice. Child and Youth Classes also include fencing games to build skills.

Competitive coaching lessons in foil & épée are available - contact us directly for information.

Foil Fundamentals (Beginners): An introduction to the basic techniques of foil fencing. Includes exercises, drills, supervised bouting practice. At the end of the class the student will have gained sufficient skill and knowledge to be able to perform at a beginning level. Class covers guards positions, lunging, and footwork. Includes gripping the weapon, the salute, invitations, engagements, simple attacks, simple parries and direct ripostes.  Students also learn to apply skills in free-fencing. The application of a technique need not result in a "touch" on one's opponent; what is important is that the student be increasingly able to distinguish among the available options.

Foil & Épée Intermediate/Advanced (Intermediate and above): Students reinforce fundamental skills and learn new technical and tactical skills.  This class builds on the fundamentals class and works with the cross-step back, the balestra, the advance-lunge, double-advance lunge, and the renewed attack. We develop advanced bladework skills, including compound attacks, circular parries, parry combinations, actions on the blade, and counterattacks.

Sabre Fundamentals (Beginners):  As with foil fencing, this covers the fundamental techniques of fencing, but sabre adds the tactical dimension of cutting.  This class can be taken independently of Foil Fundamentals. Covers the basic techniques of sabre fencing. Includes exercises, drills, supervised bouting practice. At the end of the class the student will have gained sufficient skill and knowledge to be able to perform at a beginning level. Class covers guards positions, lunging, and footwork. Includes gripping the weapon, the salute, invitations, engagements, simple attacks, simple parries and direct ripostes.  Students also learn to apply skills in free-fencing. The application of a technique need not result in a "touch" on one's opponent; what is important is that the student be increasingly able to distinguish among the available options.

IMG_0123Sabre Intermediate/Advanced (Intermediate and above): Students reinforce fundamental skills and learn new technical and tactical skills, with a particular focus on circular cutting actions in addition to direct cuts.  This class builds on the fundamentals class and works with the cross-step back, the balestra, the advance-lunge, double-advance lunge, and the renewed attack. We develop advanced bladework skills, including compound attacks, circular parries, parry combinations, actions on the blade, and counterattacks.