July 14 - 16, 2017
A Three-Day Intensive Immersion in the Art and Science
- Instruction Focus
- Equipment and Weapons Required
- Cost and Deadlines
- Housing & Travel
The Martinez Academy of Arms is pleased to announce a three-day intensive on French small-sword to be held from July 14th – July 16th, 2017. 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.
- 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)
- Understanding 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
Lecture and Discussion:
Training and practice in the18th century schools. The lecture will address the training methods and the training implements used by masters in the age of the small-sword.
- Friday: 11am-4pm, dinner break, 6-9pm
- Saturday: 11am-6pm, dinner break, 7:30pm Lecture
- Sunday: 11am-5pm
Equipment and Weapons Required
Students must bring their own equipment and come prepared with jackets, 3-weapon fencing masks, groin protectors for men, breast protection for women, and gloves for both hands. You will need a small-sword, practice small-sword or a lunette (figure-eight) guard foil. For any question on equipment contact: Maestro Acosta-Martinez
Cost and Deadlines
Early Registration Deadline by April 8th - $300
Open Registration - $400
Late Registration - $475After June 16th no refunds will be made under any circumstances.
Class size is limited, so be sure to register early! Once registered you will receive a confirmation email.
All inquiries should be directed to:Maestro Acosta-Martinez
Participants must be 18 years old and over.
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Another option is to team up with other participants to share the cost of a hotel room.
Cheapest: Using Hostel will give you a great list of available hostels in and around the city. Please be careful with the area you stay in and feel free to contact us before booking to verify that it is a safe area. Booking thru Hostels.com may give you a cheaper price! Many include breakfast and have links to Airport shuttle services.
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If you are staying in NYC, flying into LGA (LaGuardia) or JFK (John F. Kennedy) may be more convenient.
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