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

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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.1410-1420) of Fiore dei Liberi, a fencing master from Friuli (thus the non-standard Italian spellings!).

Our beginning students work on a combination (http://www.meetup.com/SSGBoston/pages/Level_1_Curriculum/) 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 (http://www.meetup.com/SSGBoston/pages/Beginning_Resources_%28Written%29/), 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.

No previous experience is necessary--we can start you at any regular meeting if you let us know you're coming! Classes generally run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.