Boston Armizare (formerly SSG Boston) is a martial arts group practicing an integrated system of longsword, grappling and dagger, taken from the early 15th century fighting manuals of Fiore dei Liberi, who wrote the earliest comprehensive system (L'Arte di Armizare) for teaching Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) that has survived to the present day. We also work from other historical Italian, English, German, Spanish and French manuscripts, working both in translation and producing our own translations and interpretations. At this writing, we have classes in Newton and Arlington/Cambridge.
Our students are a mix of experienced martial artists who enjoy the cross-training and interested brand new folks. Our beginner class works equally well for each, working on a combination of longsword, abrazare (grappling) and daga (dagger/knife) skills. We also host workshops with outside experts and periodic gatherings with other groups to exchange ideas, spar, and just have fun. These skills are drawn from direct translation from our historical sources, developed through multiple physical interpretations and tested at speed. Though we emphasize historical technique, our training sessions are a blend of interpretation, drill, and both focused and open sparring. Intermediate and more advanced students continue their work on the core techniques of grappling, dagger and sword, and expand to other weapons like pollaxe or bastone, or combat in armor.
Start with a Foundational class (four classes and annual membership), which we offer ~5 times per year; after that monthly fees are $40/month/location. Come wearing comfortable workout clothes & flat shoes (worn-out sneakers are best). Men need groin protection (cup), but other equipment can usually be lent for a time.