Bologna Meets Iran: Weapons of the Epic Heroes

Primary Disciplines: Partisan, Neyze (Persian cutting spear), Sidesword, Shamshir, Buckler This track joins the scholastic tradition of Northern Italy, that sought to connect its martial art with the classical Greek epics, with the war arts of Iran, brought to life from historical texts and the tales of Persian heroes. Students will delve into the philosophy […]

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England Meets the Punjab: Sword & Buckler, Weapons of the Street and War

Primary Disciplines: Broadsword, Sword and Buckler, Dhaal – Kirpan (Sword & Buckler) Comparing the Renaissance British fighting of George Silver with the Sikh martial art of war first taught by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 18th century. Students will get a chance to contrast the upright and practical system of broadsword and sword and buckler […]

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Spain Meets China: Duelling Weapons of Two Continents

Primary Disciplines: Rapier, Chinese Straight sword, Empty Hand Exploring the use of the duelling rapier within the Spanish Destreza tradition and the use of the Chinese Taiji single handed straight sword and unarmed push hands, students will explore how these two different traditions manipulate time, distance, pressure, and opportunity. Spanish Rapier Intensive “The true destreza […]

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Germany Meets Japan: Unpacking the Longsword vs Katana Cliche

Primary Disciplines: Longsword, Katana With a primary focus on the two-handed longsword and katana this track will explore the fundamental similarities and differences in posture, movement, tactics, and strategy between the medieval German school of Johannes Leichtenauer and the school of Edo period Master Miyomoto Musashi. Japanese Katana Intensive Our two session intensive on the […]

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