Current News and Updates for Martinez Academy of Arms Students
Martinez Academy of Arms


October 5th, 2012
Maestro Martinez will be teaching at the 13th annual Phiadephia stage combat workshop.

November 16th - 18th, 2012
10th Anniversary of the Grand Assualt of Arms

December 15th, 2012 
Annual Christmas Party

December 29th, 2012 - January 3rd, 2013
We will be teaching at the Paddy Crean Workshop
Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada



September 16th 
Open fencing in preparation for the Grand Assualt.
Time: 12 pm - 4 pm
Location: Club Drom Avenue A between 5th and 6th streets. It is downstairs.

October 14th
Gathering at Purchase College, see details below.

A newly edited version of the new students guidelines is avialble in pdf, e-mail the manger for a copy.

The Swordsman Shop

The 2ND printing of our translation of Capo Ferro's work has arrived.  Check out the Swordsman shop website for more information on this book.  

The shop also sells a variety of fencing prints, instructional DVDs and small-sword trainers. You may want to mention that to friends and family for the Holiday season.

Cultivating the Duelist Mentality

Baron Cesar de Bazencourt
The Secrets of the Sword

- A sharp point is a peremptory fact, which makes short work of illusions…
- First and foremost, your invariable rule must be: Distrust your enemy; never be over confident.
- No knowledge of fencing can make a man invulnerable. If anyone imagines that he is an exception to the rule he betrays a singularly misplaced confidence in his own power, a very dangerous error.

- In every art proficiency can only be obtained by persistent and intelligent application. Practice alone makes perfect.

- The moment you think you have made a hit, for you may be mistaken, get back as smartly as you can, and be ready to go on fighting.

Functional Fashion

Of particular note in this image is how this gentlemen wears his sword on his baldric hanging low on his hip. This gives him easy access to his weapon which can be drawn from its scabbard and brought into action within a blink of an eye. He also carries a very handy yet elegant cane which is a weapon in its own right.


There will come a time when we will be drawn to a far away place by an irresistible force for the GATHERING to fight for the prize.
But that will not be for awhile yet so instead...!
We invite you to a gathering of Martinez Academy of Arms fencers which will be held at SUNY Purchase on Sunday October 14th from 1pm-5pm.
Provost Andy Baiman and his students, Purchase College fencing club members, and all of MAA students are invited.  
This all day fencing event will give you an open floor to fence all day long so bring all your weapons and just be ready to fence. This a rare opportunity for related fencers to come together solely for the joy of fencing.
The college is at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, NY and we'll be in the Physical Education building.  For a map of the Purchase campus please go to

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jared Kirby at

Grand Assault of Arms

November 16th - 18th, 2012

The Association for Historical Fencing will be hosting its 10th annual Grand Assault of Arms.  This year to celebrate its 10th year, the event will run for 3 days.  More information on the event will be available on the AHF website shortly.

So you can beginning planning, some of the highlights will be:
 - Weapons categories: Foil, Dueling Sword, Dueling Sabre, Stick Fencing, Bayonet Fencing
 - A gala dinner on Friday night
 - An Instructors tournament 

 - Demonstrations of Spanish, Italian, and Tradition rapier and dagger

As this is a 3 day event plan accordingly.  The Sunday public event is scheduled from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.


As I mentioned in the previous newsletter, the Grand Assault is an Association for Historical Fencing event. However, Martinez Academy being the sole classical fencing school in New York City for all intents and purposes hosts the event each year.  Therefore, we at Martinez Academy with the help of the AHF handle all of the logistics.  As hosts we are asking all the students  if you can to house some of our fellow fencers. Please let Maestro Acosta-Martinez know by the 20th of  September if you can house fencers and how many. 

We are asking for volunteers to be judges, time keepers, score keepers and a personnel. Please let Maestro Acosta-Martinez know as soon as possible if you can help out. 

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