An Alchemy of Character in the Martial Arts Parts 1 & 2

Serious martial practice is a crucible for character development. Facing fear is a calcination–a burning off of that which does not matter. Facing yourself is a separation–an identification of what you truly are. Facing your fears and facing yourself are actually existential quests that lead to the natural development of character. In this two part […]

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Presence in a Fight

In this workshop, we will learn how to build up presence before entering the ring using different physical and psychological exercises and techniques. Attendees will learn a way to get in a confident and focused mindset for situations of confrontation for sparring and tournaments. Equipment Requirements Fencing Mask, Gorget, Longsword […]

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Audatia & The Dagger

When a dagger is in play Fiore says that you have no other choice but to be bold and you must go at it with everything you have. Like the ardent lion, you must be courageous (“I welcome all to meet me in battle.”) and it is here where we harness Audatia. You cannot be […]

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New World Sabre In The Destreza Tradition

This hands-on workshop will introduce students to some of the fundamental concepts of Destreza for sabre as laid out by Simon de Frias in his 1809 work, the first treatise on fencing to be published in Mexico, and the earliest work to focus primarily on the Sabre within the context of La Verdadera Destreza. Particular […]

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Philippines and Spain – Martial Influences

In 1519 the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, led a Spanish expedition to circumnavigate the world.  On March 15, 1521 they found the Philippines and a clash of cultures and beliefs almost immediately followed resulting in bloodshed.  On the 27th of April the native people of the Philippines fought and repelled the Spanish in the Battle […]

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