Northwest Fencing Academy
Start Your Adventure In Historical Italian Martial Arts Today!
Founded in 1997, the Academy provides professional instruction and training programs in the medieval art of Longsword, Polearms, Grappling, and Dagger (collectively known as Armizare), the elegant SideSword of the Renaissance, and the deadly 19th century Dueling Sabre. We employ the traditional European apprenticeship model, modern physical education practices, and careful research and scholarship of historical martial arts in a comprehensive, balanced curriculum. Martial
Arts are literally “the Arts of Mars,” the Roman God of war, and
throughout the centuries Europe has been home to a complex martial
culture, from antiquity through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the
present day. Italy’s martial arts heritage is especially rich, and
Northwest Fencing Academy is a school dedicated to the practice of
Traditional Italian Swordplay and Martial Arts. We invite you to join us in this new Renaissance of Historical Martial Arts!
THE ART OF MEDIEVAL COMBAT
8 Weeks starting January 7
Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
This two-handed sword was wielded with sophistication and finesse by knights and nobles, and was the central weapon of Armizare, the medieval Italian Art of Arms. Armizare was taught by Maestro d’armi Fiore dei Liberi in the late 14th century. His four illustrated manuscripts – medieval martial arts “how-to” books – teach the techniques, tactics and strategy of longsword, poleaxe, spear, dagger, and hand-to-hand fighting. Much more than a “brute force” weapon, you’ll learn subtle and sophisticated ways to out-think your opponent, and even use their own strength against them. It’s chess with steel!
New Sessions Start
January 4 & January 7
Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 - Noon
Our Armizare program specially designed for ages 12 - 15! This class is nearly identical to our adult Armizare program in which students learn the Historical European Martial Art which was written down by Fiore di Liberi, a 14th century mercenary captain! Students will learn the Sword, Spear, and Dagger, as well as the necessary basics of wrestling. This class is meant for young adults to learn in a safe, age appropriate setting. Youths will learn how to fence with the longsword as it was done in the day. They'll build strength and coordination along with their fencing skills!
THE ART OF RENAISSANCE COMBAT
8 WEEKS STARTING January 9
Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
The Italian Renaissance produced stunning works of art that defined perceptions of beauty and skill for centuries to come, and the Art of Swordplay was no exception. Sprezzatura – an Italian word that means “doing difficult things with effortless grace” – became the hallmark of the elegant, flowing and deadly 16th Century Italian Sidesword. Considered a necessary exercise for a person of culture as well as a required martial skill for self defense, it remains one of the most beautiful and effective forms of swordplay today. We employ the art as it was employed then – a beautiful, elegant and refined style of fighting. Join us and in a few weeks we'll have you fighting in style!
Purchase a Monthly Recurring Membership Plan as above!
Loose exercise clothes! We suggest sweat pants or similar, preferably in black. Leggings are fine, but all pants must extend below the knee (no shorts, please). T-shirts as free from distracting logos and words as possible are a good choice. A good pair of tennis shoes will round out your basic training wear.
Mission and Values
Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults and our community in general, through the study of Historical European Martial Arts. We specifically prohibit discriminatory or harassing behavior based on race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic or religious background, or ability, and we will respond quickly, seriously, and fairly to all forms of harassment, hate speech, or bullying.
We strive to create a physical environment where everyone can learn to respect one another; our martial arts school promotes a safe and supportive training space, where our students are assisted in achieving their highest potential in physical fitness, coordination, flexibility, endurance, mental clarity, and focus.
We are a member of Fighters Against Racism, an educational forum for Martial Artists.