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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:

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:

We are working on finalizing plans for two seminars this year. More information will be available soon.

May 19th , 20th and 21st - Spanish Martial Arts Weekend - NY
Tactical considerations of the Cut versus the Thrust
Along with Maestro Loriega

July 14th, 15th and 16th - Small-sword Academy (Three full days)
Two levels - Beginners and Experienced

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Martinez Academy demonstration this Labor Day weekend at:
Historic Richmond Town Fair
441 Clarke Avenue Staten Island NY, 10306
Saturday September 3rd, 2016

Martinez Academy will be demonstrating various weapons forms that were practiced in New York City between 1700 and 1850. In between the fencing assaults, the audience will be informed of the historical context for these weapons, and will also be treated to numerous anecdotes about local duelists, and duels that took place on Staten Island. Weapons to be demonstrated: Small-sword, Military Saber, Singlestick, Bayonet, Foil, Dueling Sword, and Walking Stick


We are closed until after the New Year. Classes resume on Monday the 4th of January 2016.

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Spanish Martial Arts Weekend 2015
Day 1 - Navaja
Day 2 - Rapier and Dagger
Day 3 - Unarmed
Spanish Martial Arts Weekend 2015
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This is a short preview of the Spanish Martial Arts Weekend, May 29-31, 2015. This year we are offering a special session open to those with no prior experience, and to martial artists of other disciplines, as this section requires no equipment on the part of the participant. Register here:

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May 29th - 31st, 2015

Martinez Academy of Arms and its guest Raven Arts Institute are pleased to host our biennial 3-day Spanish Martial Arts Weekend. The focus this year will be on dexterity/ambidexterity with the rapier & dagger, and navaja.

Spanish bladed martial arts are unique cultural artifacts that incorporate social, philosophical, and aesthetic values of Spanish culture. Maestro Martinez will delve into an in-depth examination of rapier & dagger fencing. In the Spanish School of rapier, the dagger is considered a weapon that can be utilized as a primary or secondary weapon. During this intensive seminar the participants will follow a progression that emphasizes ambidexterity.


For the first time, we are offering a special session open to those with no prior experience, and to martial artists of other disciplines, as this section requires no equipment on the part of the participant. We often receive e-mails from martial artists of various disciplines with numerous questions about the Spanish School in particular. Therefore, we are dedicating a session of this year's Spanish Martial Arts Weekend to explore how Spanish fencing, as a complete martial art system designed for personal defense, can also be applied to other weapons, and specifically to unarmed combat.


Also new this year, we have divided the workshop into three sessions: Spanish rapier, navaja, and the special unarmed session. The focus of all three sessions is dexterity/ambidexterity and each session is designed to build upon the other. Participants have the option to take the entire three day workshop/seminar or they may take any of the three sessions independently.

Equipment and Weapons Required for Workshop
To participate in the whole workshop: Students must bring their own equipment and come prepared with jackets, 3-weapon fencing masks, gorgets, groin protectors for men, breast protection for women, gloves for both hands, rapiers, daggers, and navaja trainers.
To participate in the navaja session only: Students must bring navaja trainers.
To participate in the special unarmed session: no equipment is required.


Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez
Maestro Ramon Martinez
Maestro James Loriega


Friday: Location TBA
Saturday: Community Educational & Recreational Center (CERC)
180 9th Street Jersey City, NJ 07302
Sunday: Location TBA


Friday: Navaja 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday: Rapier 2:30 pm - 10 pm
Sunday: Special Unarmed Session 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Early Bird Registration is now open for those participants interested in registering for the 3-day workshop/seminar. The fee is $225.00 and is only available until March 10th, 2015

Registration Starting on March11th, 2015
Workshop/Seminar Registration - $275
Navaja Session Only - $75
Rapier Session Only - $200
Special Unarmed Session Only - $75

After May 1st no refunds will be made under any circumstances. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email. Participants must be 18 years old and over.

All inquiries should be directed to Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez:

More detail information can be found in the calendar section of our website:

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