First Friday Fight Night

Please check the Schedule page to confirm dates for Fight Night; sometimes holidays or other events require us to move to another date.sabre fight

First Friday Fight Night is Northwest Fencing Academy’s monthly freeplay event, where we meet to try our skills at arms, socialize, and eat pizza and drink modest amounts of age-appropriate beverages afterwards. It’s usually held on the first Friday of the month.  All ages are welcome! (But minors do need to be accompanied by an adult to the restaurant.) Practice your skills at the weapon you normally study, or try out some work with one of the other weapons! All fights are supervised and we match people up by skill levels and experience.  Please read on for further information!

Purchase Friday Fight Night Pass


We welcome guests to our fight nights for a $10 floor fee. You’ll need to read and sign our policies and procedures and our waiver, just as regularly enrolled members do. We will check out your equipment to be sure it meets our requirements. Your first bouts will be supervised so that we can assess your levels of skill and control, and determine who it’s appropriate for you to spar with. Again, we do this within our school as well, so it’s not just something that applies to guests.

Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Policy

Our mission is 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, 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.

Safety & Etiquette in the Sala d’Armi

Please follow the above link for important safety information.

Minimum Equipment Requirements for Freeplay

Because protective equipment greatly lessens the natural fear instilled by sharps swords in an antagonistic fight, we actively work to minimize the amount of protective equipment worn and mazimize control of our actions (which is just good fencing, anyway). Some schools wear so much protective equipment that the weight and coverage of their kit approaches that of steel armour – at which point they should be practicing armoured fighting, not unarmoured fighting. Some schools tend to believe that a good hit is a hard – a very, very hard – hit. This treats the sword (a cutting and thrusting weapon) like a stick or a mace (blunt trauma weapons) and is historically inaccurate. Experienced students at Northwest Fencing Academy are capable of sparring safely and effectively with minimal equipment and all students should strive for this level of skill and control. However, we do have minimum kit requirements that must be met:

Required Sparring Equipment

• Gambeson or padded sparring jacket
• fencing mask with protection for the back of the head
• gorget for neck protection
• padded protective gloves
• elbow guards.
• All swords must have either a rolled/spatulated tip or a rubber or leather blunt.

Informed Consent, Waiver and Release of Liability (paper forms are provided at the school)

I intend to be legally bound and do hereby agree to be legally bound for myself and for all successors in interest I may have, by this Contract, Waiver and Release of Liability, and hereby agree to hold harmless and indemnify Northwest Fencing Academy, as well as any officers, members, employees, assistants, volunteers, assigns, or agents of any type whatsoever acting on or in behalf of the aforementioned entities and persons, against any claims for damages or other claims for injuries or losses of any kind suffered by me or any others, directly or indirectly, arising out of any practice, instructions, or other activity related to this program as well as participation in this program or traveling to or from this program or any other activity related to this program.

I understand that the fencing and martial art exercises and training methods to be taught will require me to be in good physical condition. I certify that I am physically able to participate in this activity and will further hold Northwest Fencing Academy, as well as any officers, members, employees, assistants, volunteers, assigns, or agents of any type whatsoever acting on or in behalf of the aforementioned entities and persons, harmless for any injury sustained in the course of this training due to any physical defect or condition that I may have, whether now known or hereinafter discovered. I further acknowledge that in consideration for this training, this release shall not expire and shall be considered effective in perpetuity.

I understand that the program curriculum reflects a study of weapon and grappling arts for the purposes of cultural heritage and recreation, and the instructors in no way advocate that I should seek confrontations, and I hold myself exclusively responsible for the ethical and legal repercussions to my behavior and actions. I further acknowledge that if I am uncomfortable with any situation or individual that I may immediately state so, and that it is my right to remove myself from the situation immediately and that I am encouraged to do so.

I have understood all that is expressed in this anti-discrimination policy, waiver and release of liability, and I certify that I am of sound judgment, legally competent to agree to this waiver. Additionally, I certify that I am eighteen years of age or older, or a legally emancipated adult; or am signing for a minor of whom I am the legal guardian.

Read and Initial Each Line and Sign Below
_______I, the undersigned, do hereby submit my application for my or my child’s attendance and participation at this martial arts school.
_______I have read, understood, and agree to abide by the school’s anti-discrimination policies
_______I fully understand that participation in exercise, fencing, martial arts activities includes a risk of injury.
_______I hereby assume full responsibility for any and all damages, injuries, or losses to myself, my child or my property that I may sustain or incur, if any, while attending or participating.
_______I agree to hold harmless and waive my right to all claims against the promoters, instructors, sponsors, Sean Hayes, Northwest Fencing Academy, Academy instructors or volunteers, individually or otherwise.
_______I fully understand that any medical treatment given in connection with training will be first aid only.
_______I consent that any pictures taken, video or other, of me in connection with this training can be used for publicity, promotion, on television, internet or other media, and I waive compensation in regard thereto.
_______I have read and fully understand the above waiver and agreement.