School & Mission

Academy

Northwest Fencing Academy is a school dedicated to the practice of Traditional Italian Fencing, Historical Swordplay, and Medieval Martial Arts.  Founded in 1997, the Academy provides organized professional instruction and complete training programs in foil, épeé and sabre fencing, as well as the medieval arts of sword & shield, longsword, and polearms (collectively known as Armizare).  The Academy combines the traditional European apprenticeship model, modern physical education practices, and careful research and scholarship of fencing and martial arts in a comprehensive, balanced curriculum.  We are a modern school of traditional European fencing and martial arts.

Mission

Our mission is to research, interpret and give new life to the martial arts traditions of Europe, and to provide students with the highest quality training in these arts, including the practice of them as combat sports. Research is the careful and complete study of the arts and their historical context from primary sources (original manuscripts and historical documents) and secondary sources (modern academic research). Interpretation is the art of taking words and images from the past and developing a complete instructional system for teaching the arts those words and images represent. Giving them new life means giving them relevance for the modern age: as a recreational martial art, as a combat sport, as a basis for modern needs of self-defense. Providing students with high quality training means assisting students in the development of a complete base of technical, tactical and strategic skills for a lifetime of enjoyment, physical fitness and appreciation of these arts.

Values

We work to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, men and women and our community in general, through the study of Historical European 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 and seriously to all forms of harassment.

We create a physical environment where everyone can learn to respect one another; our martial arts school promotes a safe, caring, orderly and supportive training space, where our students are assisted in achieving their highest potential in physical fitness, increased coordination, flexibility and endurance, and mental clarity and focus.

We train hard in an atmosphere of friendship, fellowship, and mutual respect. We’re willing to get sweaty, tired, bumped and bruised in our training, but no one should ever be injured and we always treat our training partners with the utmost respect. Practicing full contact martial arts and martial sports with others is a privilege that carries the responsibility of safeguarding one’s training partners.

In our children’s and youth classes we strive to instill the martial arts values in a caring and fun environment that will empower them to successfully move into society with increased confidence, determination, self-esteem and unwavering spirit, but also with thoughtfulness & humanity.

We welcome you to join our community!

Facility

The school is located at 436 Charnelton Street in Eugene, Oregon. We practice in a modern, clean and well-lighted studio equipped with restrooms and changing rooms. Our 1200 square foot sprung hardwood floor absorbs shock and provides a supremely comfortable surface for fencing and swordsmanship, and 1.5 inch thick martial arts mats give the cushioning needed for grappling, wrestling and throwing. Our lobby is fitted with comfortable chairs for guests or family of students to use during class – and guests are welcome to bring a chair to the training floor to observe classes.

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  • Special Topics Classes

    From: $85.00 / month for 3 months
    Our special topics classes introduce new students to various aspects of the arts we teach, and provide advanced students an opportunity for a focused review.  For Fall 2018 we're offering:
    • Medieval Italian Polearms October 2nd - October 30th (5 sessions)
    • Medieval Italian Dagger & Grappling - November 6th - December 18th (7 sessions)
    Special Topics Classes are held Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9 pm.  Students who are already registered for a course should choose Upgrade This Membership instead.
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  • Continuing Membership for Adults & Teens

    From: $85.00 / month
    Once you've completed an Introductory Course, you're ready for a Continuing Membership!  Continuing Members study their art in more depth, learning new technical, tactical, and fighting skills in the main weapon as well as in additional weapons.  You can choose your discipline below, and choose to study once per week, twice per week, or unlimited times per week!
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  • Upgrade This Membership

    From: $25.00 / month
    Upgrade your membership to allow you to train twice per week, or unlimited classes per week!  Continuing Members may take any Introductory class, or any Continuing Class for which they have competed an Introductory class.  Please, one member only - cannot be shared with others.
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  • Squire Program for Grades 6 – 8

    $85.00 on the 2nd of each month for 7 months and a $85.00 current month charge
    New Program for Middle Schoolers! Kids will learn about history, chirvlary and chivalric virtues, and the use of the knightly weapons: Longsword, spear, dagger, sword & shield, and poleaxe. They’ll also learn to make real maille (“chainmail”), squire for and be mentored by real armoured combatants from our teen & adult programs, and even get to learn armoured combat!  Our program is designed and taught by Tyler Stubbert, a Eugene middle school history teacher who is also an instructor at Northwest Fencing Academy, and who designed and led our world-famous (really, it's true) summer camps. Class includes a school t-shirt.  Kids should wear school shirt, black exercise pants, and tennis shoes to each class. Class time: Saturdays from 11 to noon.  Instructor: Collin White
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  • Page Program for Grades 1 – 5

    From: $85.00 / month for 7 months and a $85.00 current month charge
    New Program for Elementary Age Kids! Learn the ways of chivalry and the sword! Medieval society was rich and varied. In addition to training with two-handed sword, spear, dagger, and sword & shield, students will explore daily life and society, including the three religions of Europe and the East. They will learn hands-on about the Code of Chivalry, historical armour, weapons, tactical games, and more. They’ll even learn to joust! Our program is designed and taught by Tyler Stubbert, a Eugene middle school history teacher who is also an instructor at Northwest Fencing Academy, and who designed and led our world-famous (really, it's true) summer camps. Class includes a school t-shirt.  Kids should wear school shirt, black exercise pants, and tennis shoes to each class.
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  • Introductory Membership – Adults & Teens

    From: $85.00 / month for 3 months and a $85.00 current month charge
    Introductory memberships are available for our Armizare, Renaissance Sword, and Dueling Sword & Sabre Programs.  A school t-shirt is included in the price of the membership, as well as informational handouts. Students should wear school shirt, tennis shoes, and black exercise pants (not shorts) to each class.  All other equipment (sword, mask, gloves, elbow protectors, jacket) is provided for in-class use.
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  • Upgrade This Membership

    From: $25.00 / month
    Upgrade your membership to allow you to train twice per week, or unlimited classes per week!  Continuing Members may take any Introductory class, or any Continuing Class for which they have competed an Introductory class.  Please, one member only - cannot be shared with others.
    Select options
  • Squire Program for Grades 6 – 8

    $85.00 on the 2nd of each month for 7 months and a $85.00 current month charge
    New Program for Middle Schoolers! Kids will learn about history, chirvlary and chivalric virtues, and the use of the knightly weapons: Longsword, spear, dagger, sword & shield, and poleaxe. They’ll also learn to make real maille (“chainmail”), squire for and be mentored by real armoured combatants from our teen & adult programs, and even get to learn armoured combat!  Our program is designed and taught by Tyler Stubbert, a Eugene middle school history teacher who is also an instructor at Northwest Fencing Academy, and who designed and led our world-famous (really, it's true) summer camps. Class includes a school t-shirt.  Kids should wear school shirt, black exercise pants, and tennis shoes to each class. Class time: Saturdays from 11 to noon.  Instructor: Collin White
    Sign Up Now