Introducing Armizare Online!

Northwest Fencing Academy is building a modern, online learning resource of courses, videos, lessons, presentations, articles, and discussion forums for individuals to learn L’Arte dell’Armizare, the medieval Italian Art of Arms. This resource is designed from the ground up for at-home learning, with video feedback and live coaching sessions for individual students. Check out the Free Lessons, and join us!

Learn About Armizare

This free short course introduces Armizare and Medieval Martial Arts.

Browse Our Courses

We have a growing list of available courses as we film our entire curriculum and get it online!

Join Our Programs

Studio Classes, Online Classes, Online Courses –
we have the right combination for you!

Medieval Martial Arts

Martial Arts are literally “the Arts of Mars,” the Roman God of war, and throughout the centuries Europe has been home to a complex martial culture, from antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the present day. Italy’s martial arts heritage is especially rich, and Northwest Fencing Academy is a school dedicated to the practice of Traditional Italian Swordplay and Martial Arts. Founded in 1997, the Academy provides professional instruction and training programs in the medieval art of Longsword, Polearms, Grappling, and Dagger (collectively known as Armizare), the elegant SideSword of the Renaissance, and the deadly 19th century Dueling Sabre. We employ the traditional European apprenticeship model, modern physical education practices, and careful research and scholarship of historical martial arts in a comprehensive, balanced curriculum. We invite you to join us in this new Renaissance of Historical Martial Arts!

Mission and Values

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults and our community in general, through the study of Medieval and Renaissance Italian Martial Arts. We specifically prohibit discriminatory or harassing behavior based on race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic or religious background, or ability, and we will respond quickly, seriously, and fairly to all forms of harassment, hate speech, or bullying.
We strive to create a physical environment where everyone can learn to respect one another; our martial arts school promotes a safe and supportive training space, where our students are assisted in achieving their highest potential in physical fitness, coordination, flexibility, endurance, mental clarity, and focus.
We are a member of Fighters Against Racism, an educational forum combating racism.