The Seattle Historical Rapier Practice is a European martial arts practice group focusing on 17th century swordsmanship. Join us if you'd like to learn how to fight with a rapier, or if you'd just like to get some more practice in.
Our practice schedule is as follows: Wednesdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm Sundays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
We practice at SANCA, the School for Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, in Georgetown. SANCA is located at 674 S Orcas St, Seattle, WA 98108. We are located in a second-floor loft in the back corner of their training facility.
This is a martial arts group, which is to say that it isn't about re-enactment, fantasy, competition, or performance. While sparring is important, in this class it is see as a training tool rather than an end in itself, so beginners won't get to spar right away. Our focus is on historical technique, which means that we will do our best to follow the content of historical primary sources.
Our current focus is on the Italian family of rapier arts, as described by historical authors such as Salvator Fabris, Nicoletto Giganti, and Ridolfo Capoferro. 17th century Italian rapier is likely the best-known and widely practiced family of rapier arts. It's quite well-organized, well-documented, and easy to understand even for beginners. Italian rapier is characterized by deep stances, explosive footwork, and (like many rapier arts) quite a lot of subtle blade actions.
This isn't a commercial school. Students, including myself, pay a membership fee of $48/month to help support our training space. The money goes to Lonin, a non-profit martial arts organization, which mostly goes to pay for rent and loaner equipment. No one in the Seattle Historical Rapier Practice receives any money. There are no registration fees or contracts, though there is a waiver. Students are welcome to practice with us several times before committing to anything.
If that sounds like something you'd like, then you're welcome to join!