Historical Martial Arts--Swordplay, Dagger and Grappling (Arlington)

We practice L'Arte D'Armizare (The Art of Bearing Arms), a historical European martial art. Our main sources of interpretation are the books (c[masked]) of Fiore dei Liberi, a fencing master from Friuli (thus the non-standard Italian spellings!).

Our beginning students work on a combination of the longsword curriculum in Sword in Two Hands and the main Schola site, and also work on integrating the developing work on abrazzare (grappling) and daga (dagger/knife) skills. These skills are drawn from direct translation from historical sources, developed through multiple physical interpretations and tested at speed. Though we emphasize historical technique, our training sessions are a blend of warmup, interpretation, drill, and for those who've passed our safety standards, both focused and open sparring.

New students should take our beginners' class first, or contact our instructors for more information.  We're happy to have visiting scholars from other programs come and play!

Look for us on Thorndike Field; Magnolia Field to the north is a backup if there's no space.  In the event of rain, we may relocate to our winter site in Cambridge.

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  • sean d.

    I cannot make it on the 13th, compagni.

    April 8, 2013

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  • Charles D.
    Instructor, Organizer
    Event Host
  • David K.
    Istruttore and Primo Scolaro, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Jasenb
    Istruttore and Scolaro, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Nick D.
    Compagno, Co-Organizer
  • Deb
    Assistant Organizer
  • Pablo O.

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