The Small-Sword Academy 2017 - New York City

July 14 - 16, 2017

Le croisé d’epeé après la parade du contre de quarte, qui forme le désarmement. The crossing of the sword after the counter in carte parade which forms the disarm.
Position de l’allongement du coup de quarte. Position of the lunge in carte.
Parade de prime, avec l’opposition de la main gauche. The parade of prime, with the opposition of the left hand.

A Three-Day Intensive Immersion in the Art and Science

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.

Instruction Focus:

  • 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: from 11am to 4pm, La MaMa, 47 Great Jones Street NYC, NY 10003
  • Friday: from 6 pm to 9pm, 100 Grand Dance, 100 Grand Street NYC, NY 10013
  • Saturday and Sunday: Gelsey Kirkland Academy 29 Jay Street Brooklyn, New York 11201
  • Schedule

    • 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

    Late Registration - $475

    After 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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