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EXHIBITION

The quality of one’s weapons and training equipment were a reflection of position in society during the Gilded Age in New York City. It is important to understand these tools were often embellished and served as fine examples of decorative arts, produced by skilled manufacturers. Today, these items are viewed as fine representations of the excessive material culture of the time period.

Martinez Academy of Arms will present a unique exposition of fencing weapons, equipment and art objects that showcase this art & science and its popularity among both men and women of the late 19th century.

Viewing Hours:
October 20th 5 pm - 7 pm
October 21st 11am - 4 pm
October 22nd 11am - 4 pm
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Small-sword Academy
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This workshop will serve as an introduction to the art for those with no previous martial arts training. Experienced small-sword fencers will receive instruction that is designed to cover more technical refinements and advanced application of the art and science.

The Academy will focus on:
• Proper posture via skeletal alignment for the positioning of the body
• Understanding how to establish balance
• Exercises designed to develop technical skills (tirer au mur)
• Knowing your measure (distance) and entering it safely
• How the posture facilitates the offense as well as the defense
• In depth analysis of the technical aspects of each technique
• Discerning the appropriate use of time

We will also present a lecture and discussion which addresses the training methods and the training implements used by masters in the age of the small-sword.
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The nature of the Spanish school of rapier allows the diestro/fencer/student, to express himself in innumerable ways as a martial artist. The priority will be on teaching the diestro how to consider what technique to use in regard to the adversary based on measure and proportion. We will cover the thrust and the types of cuts in detail so the diestro can determine which is more appropriate in a given situation. Additionally, the diestro will learn to determine how a cut can end in a thrust or vice versa.

Maestro James Lorigea will delve into the tactical considerations of the cut versus the thrust with the navaja. The focus will be on how the attacks are similar to and different from the rapier when they are performed with the shorter blade. He will explore the relative merits of each attack as well as the combination of both techniques during the attack based on your footwork, your angle of approach, and the relative length of the adversary’s weapon as compared to yours.
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Maestro Ramon Martinez will be conducting a Bowie Knife workshop at the Raven Arts Institute in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, February 25th, from 5 to 8 PM. The focus of this workshop will be the application of the combative theory of La Verdadera Destreza.

Bowie trainers may be purchased inexpensively at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Steel-Rubber-Training-Laredo/dp/B006YBXZB0

Workshop fee will be $50 with early registration or $60 at the door.

Please contact Maestro James Loriega to pre-register or if you have any questions at: SevillianSteel@aol.com
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