Class Schedule: Online Classes

Currently we’re doing a weekly live class on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 to supplement the videos and other materials in our Armizare Online courses. Zoom links are emailed to enrolled students each week.

Class Schedule in the Next Few Weeks

Our normal class schedule, before Covid-19, had Armizare on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Sabre on Mondays, and Renaissance Sword (“Sidesword”) on Wednesdays.

When we see that it is safe to open (with appropriate precautions) we will set up a new schedule. Since we will have to limit the number of people in the sala for any class, we will schedule multiple opportunities for smaller groups. We will also need to limit instructor exposure to multiple groups. This will require some creative scheduling, including daytime hours for those who can. We will also broadcast all of these classes so that students have multiple opportunities – such as one live and several online class opportunities per week.

Going Forward

We are living in a time of considerable uncertainty, and considerable stress. Exercise and martial arts can help us relieve that stress. Armizare was born in the era of the Black Death, a plague that devastated Europe, particularly Italy, in Fiore’s youth and paid periodic visitations for centuries to come. We never expected to find ourselves in a modern global pandemic, but here we are. During this time, it’s important that we all have the ability to focus on our physical and mental well-being. Both physical exercise and intellectual engagement are critical parts of our overall health.

We will have to be flexible in our approach. I expect that over the next couple of years, until there is a vaccine, we will have periods of greater and lesser restrictions on movement and activities. (Testing and tracing could help greatly with this, but we have seen that those resources are not available and are not likely to be for quite some time.) Northwest Fencing Academy will use the combination of live classes, online classes, and online courses to build a useful and meaningful training program that we can all follow. We will have to plan strategically, we will have to be flexible, and be nimble as well – but that’s really what martial arts is all about, when you get right down to it.
-Sean Hayes