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Intro to Blade Arts (Co-Ed, Beginner Level)

This is a 90-minute martial arts class devoted to the Blade Arts. It encompasses both practical techniques for defending against an edged weapon and using an edged weapon in self-defense, as well as flashier techniques from the performance arts of knife throwing, knife dancing, and knife juggling.

This class is intended for both male & female beginners with no experience and novices with under 1 year of training. Techniques are primarily drawn from Kali (the Filipino martial art renowned for its stick & knife fighting) and the "Impalement Arts" (the circus art of knife throwing). Additional techniques will be presented from Krabi Krabong (Thailand's weapon art), Kendo (Japan's sword fighting art), European fencing, Native American blade arts, and various military combative systems like Krav Maga.

The first half of class will be devoted to the practical side of the blade arts, and you'll learn the basic stances, footwork, slashes & thrusts used for knife fighting, as well as how to disarm a knife-wielding attacker. The second half of class will be devoted to the artistic side of the blade arts, which encompasses things like knife throwing, knife juggling, and knife dancing. We'll finish up with a cool down, some calisthenics, and a brief Q&A session.

This class will definitely get your heart rate up & have you sweating, so wear comfortable gym clothes. There's a locker room with lockers to store your belongings, so bring a padlock, and there's showers available for those who want to use them. Other than a padlock and gym clothes, you'll eventually need to purchase a rubber training knife and a pair of metal throwing knives ($25-30 total at most martial arts supply stores), but don't worry because we've got some extras for you to use initially. You'll also need to sign a standard release waiver, but YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE so don't worry about payment if it's your first time. After that, it's just $10/class and pay as you go - i.e. unlike most martial arts schools, there's no contract.

* NOTE: This class is being held in tandem with the Philly Flow & Circus Arts Meetup, which is also hosted at the Torrent Collective and is well worth checking out, since many of their classes will improve your physical conditioning just like martial arts training.

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