What we're about

Boston Armizare is a historical fencing and historical European martial arts (HEMA) club dedicated to the research, reconstruction, and practice of Late Medieval and Renaissance fencing and combat through the study and interpretation of historical fencing treatises. We also seek to promote the wider appreciation and practice of HEMA and historical fencing by offering public demonstrations, exhibitions and instructional classes. Our primary focus is the rigorous study and effective practice of Armizare, "The Art of Bearing Arms”, an integrated system of fencing, dagger, grappling, spear and poleaxe laid down by late 14th century Italian sword master, mercenary and knight Fiore dei Liberi, in his manuscript Fior di Battaglia ("the Flower of Battle").
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The fencing master from the Getty Manuscript (“Il Fior di Battaglia”, MS Ludwig XV 13, c. 1409)Our scholars also research and practice the fencing and martial arts of other primarily, but not exclusively, Italian masters such as Philippo di Vadi, Pietro Monti, Giacomo di Grassi, Antonio Manciolino, Achille Marozzo, Nicoletto Giganti and Salvator Fabris.We emphasize the martial efficacy and historical accuracy of our techniques and test our interpretations with speed and intent though drilling, free play and sparring. No experience is necessary to become a scholar, just a love of swords and an interest in history. New scholars should take our introductory class first; contact our instructors for more information. We're happy to host visiting scholars from other programs!Boston Armizare is a proud affiliate of the HEMA Alliance!

Boston Armizare is committed to the inclusion and recognition of all scholars regardless of race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, veteran and socioeconomic status. We respect that our membership reflects a variety of perspectives and a wide range of lived experiences. We believe that the affirmation of this diversity is of both intrinsic and instrumental value. Moreover, we believe that making visible diverse contributions leads to richer debates and knowledge in the area of historical fencing and martial arts research and beyond.

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Historical Fencing of the Italian Renaissance (Carver, MA)

Capitol Fitness

Boston Armizare is a historical fencing club that studies and attempts to recreate the fencing of Late Medieval and Italian Renaissance fencing masters such as Fiore de'i Liberi, Phillipo Vadi, Antonio Manciolino, Achille Marozzo and Giacomo di Grassi. Our South Shore study group located in Carver, MA is currently focusing on the the 16th century Bolognese fencing tradition of Manciolino, Marozzo, Viggiani, and dall'Agocchie. Our scholars work on a combination of sidesword, sword and buckler, sword and dagger, and the two-handed sword. 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 typically include warm up exercise, interpretation, drills, free-play, and (for members who have met our safety standards) focused and open sparring. No Experience is necessary and new students are welcome! Membership in Boston Armizare is $60/month to attend class once per week or $110/month to attend class two or more times per week. (We have classes on Saturdays and Monday nights in Boston).

Monday Historical Fencing Class - Brighton, MA

Boston Fencing Club

Boston Armizare is a historical fencing club that studies and attempts to recreate the fencing of Late Medieval and Italian Renaissance masters such as Fiore de'i Liberi, Phillipo Vadi, Antonio Manciolino, Achille Marozzo and Giacomo di Grassi. Our primary focus is on L'Arte di Armizare (The Art of Bearing Arms, c. 1410) of Fiore de'i Libei, the earliest surviving European comprehensive system of armed and unarmed combat. Our scholars work on a combination of longsword, abrazzare (grappling), daga (dagger/knife) and other weapon skills such as sidesword, sword and buckler and rapier. 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 typically include warm up exercise, interpretation, drills, free-play, and (for members who have met our safety standards) focused and open sparring. New and prospective scholars should take our regular beginners' class first, or contact our instructors for more information. We're happy to have visiting scholars from other programs come and play!

Saturday Historical Fencing Class - Brighton, MA

Boston Fencing Club

Boston Armizare is a historical fencing club that studies and attempts to recreate the fencing of Italian Late Medieval and Renaissance masters such as Fiore de'i Liberi, Phillipo Vadi, Antonio Manciolino, Achille Marozzo and Giacomo di Grassi. Our primary focus is on L'Arte di Armizare (The Art of Bearing Arms, c. 1410) of Fiore de'i Liberi, the earliest surviving European comprehensive system of armed and unarmed combat. Our scholars work on a combination of longsword, abrazzare (grappling), daga (dagger/knife) and other weapon skills such as sidesword, sword and buckler and rapier. 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 typically include warm up exercise, interpretation, drills, freeplay, and (for members who have met our safety standards) focused and open sparring. New and prospective scholars should take our regular beginners' class first, or contact our instructors for more information. We're happy to have visiting scholars from other programs come and play!

Historical Fencing of the Italian Renaissance (Carver, MA)

Capitol Fitness

Boston Armizare is a historical fencing club that studies and attempts to recreate the fencing of Late Medieval and Italian Renaissance fencing masters such as Fiore de'i Liberi, Phillipo Vadi, Antonio Manciolino, Achille Marozzo and Giacomo di Grassi. Our South Shore study group located in Carver, MA is currently focusing on the the 16th century Bolognese fencing tradition of Manciolino, Marozzo, Viggiani, and dall'Agocchie. Our scholars work on a combination of sidesword, sword and buckler, sword and dagger, and the two-handed sword. 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 typically include warm up exercise, interpretation, drills, free-play, and (for members who have met our safety standards) focused and open sparring. No Experience is necessary and new students are welcome! Membership in Boston Armizare is $60/month to attend class once per week or $110/month to attend class two or more times per week. (We have classes on Saturdays and Monday nights in Boston).

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Saturday Historical Fencing Class - Brighton, MA

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