A Weeklong Intensive Immersion in the Art and Science
July 28th – August 2nd, 2014
The Martinez Academy of Arms is pleased to announce this weeklong Academy in the art and science of French small-sword. Train in New York City where gentlemen wore the small-sword as an everyday article of dress and dueling took place during the 18th century. Between 1754 & 1787 alone, NYC was a veritable hub for American fencers, with at least fourteen fencing schools, eleven of which operated in a concentrated area of lower Manhattan. Under the guidance of expert Instructors, participants will receive instruction suited to their level of experience and ability. This workshop will be divided into two levels.
Designed for students with no previous training in small-sword, this will serve as an introduction to the art & science. Instruction will include:
Proper posture and alignment of the body
Proper grip and manipulation of the weapon
Fluidity of movement, body mechanics and the importance of maintaining the guard position
Comprehending blade contact, leverage and opposition
Progressing from simple to complex actions
Designed for students of small-sword. Instruction will cover technical refinements and advanced application of the art & science such as:
Manipulation of the weapon with the fingers (doighté)
Developing blade sensitivity (sentiment du fer)
Knowing your measure (distance) and entering it safely
Developing proper posture and alignment which facilitates offense as well as defense
Exercises designed to develop technical skills (tirer au mur)
In depth analysis of the technical aspects of each technique
Discerning the appropriate use of time
One-on-one plastron lessons with the masters for individual correction
Both levels will culminate in fencers bringing their technical knowledge to the assault.
For inquiries regarding which Level to register for please feel free to e-mail: Maestro Acosta-Martinez
Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez
Maestro Ramon Martinez
Equipment and Weapons Required for the Course
Students must bring their own equipment and come prepared with jackets, 3-weapon fencing masks, groin protectors for men, breast protection for women, and gloves for both hands. You will need a small-sword, practice small-sword or at least a foil. Inexpensive handcrafted Practice small-swords are available at http://www.martinez-destreza.com/shop/weapons.php For any question on equipment contact: Maestro Acosta-Martinez
Cost and Deadlines
Cost and Deadlines
Early registration deadline (by April 10th)
Level I - $475
Level II - $525
Open Registration (by June 30thth)
Level I - $600
Level II - $700
Late Registration (after July 1st)
Level I - $750
Level II - $900
After June 25th no refunds will be made under any circumstances.
Class size is limited due to space, so be sure to register early! Once registered you will receive a confirmation email.
All inquiries should be directed to Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must be 18 years old and over.
CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION http://www.martinez-destreza.com/small_sword