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Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) / Western Martial Arts (WMA)

We offer organized instruction in historical fencing, close-quarter combat, and related martial arts.

Classes

During extreme cold (-10 F or below), classes are cancelled for student safety.

Mon / Wed

Renaissance Rapier

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Event Details

Mon / Wed

Renaissance Rapier

Class runs with multiple skill levels taught concurrently. Class draws from the rapier texts of Capoferro and Giganti, and is taught with the style, grace, and precision of classical fencing.


Introduction to Renaissance Rapier

No prior experience necessary, and you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy this mix of history, exercise, technique and strategy.  Beginners join a mixed class where the instructor presents training for a variety of levels of experience. All fencing equipment provided. 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Tues / Thur

Introduction to Knightly Longsword

6:00 pm - 6:50 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Event Details

Tues / Thur

Introduction to Knightly Longsword

 No prior experience necessary, and you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy this mix of history, exercise, technique and strategy. This 8-week introductory course are good for the curious beginner and are required to advance into other classes.  All fencing equipment provided.  


2019 class sessions

  • 7 JAN -  27 FEB
  • 3 MAR - 24 APR
  • 28 APR - 18 JUN
  • 23 JUN - 13 AUG
  • 18 AUG - 8 OCT
  • 13 SEP - 8 DEC

6:00 pm - 6:50 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Tues/Thur

Armizare: Novice/Companion

7:00 pm - 7:50 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Event Details

Tues/Thur

Armizare: Novice/Companion

Open to students who have completed the Introduction to Knightly Longsword class, these classes continue building the foundation of understanding and ability in several topics: 

  • Abrazare (unarmed combat) 
  • Daga (dagger)
  • Spada a Dui Mani (longsword)

7:00 pm - 7:50 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Tues/Thur

Armizare: Scholars

8:00 pm - 8:50 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Event Details

Tues/Thur

Armizare: Scholars

Open to students who have achieved the rank of Scholar, these classes are intensive and extensive explorations of various topics: 

  • Abrazare (unarmed combat) 
  • Daga (dagger)
  • Spada da Un Mano (arming sword) 
  • Spada a Dui Mani (longsword)
  • Lanza (spear)

8:00 pm - 8:50 pm

Milwaukee, WI

Saturdays

Open Floor, Rapier Private Lessons

Noon - 2 PM

Milwaukee, WI

Event Details

Saturdays

Open Floor, Rapier Private Lessons

This is an option for rapier students to come in and use the Sala di Armi for solo practice, partner drills, or a private lesson.

Noon - 2 PM

Milwaukee, WI

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About Us

Instructor Staff

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Karl Jacobs is the owner of the Milwaukee Swordplay Academy, the head instructor for Armizare (medieval knightly martial arts) and is an instructor for Renaissance weapons.  With a foundation from aikido and jujutsu, Karl has participated in various forms of historically-inspired combat sports for nearly 30 years.  An inquisitive student of historical treatises since 1996, he has brought the material from the treatises into the combative sports where possible.  He  joined the Chicago Swordplay Guild in 2004, became a Scholar of Armizare and co-founded the Milwaukee chapter of the Chicago Swordplay Guild in 2006.  Karl continues to develop his skills through continued study and progression with the International Armizare Society, the Chicago Swordplay Guild, and with Razmafzar Historical Persian Martial Arts.



Sean Newton is the head instructor for rapier, smarra, foil, epee, and saber.  Sean is a long-time instructor with the Classical Fencing Society, and has nearly two decades of experience as a classical fencer. He is certified as an Instructor at Arms through the Fencing Masters program in California..  "If classical fencing is like classical music, then historical fencing with the rapier is like playing improvisational jazz."  

   


Introduction to Knightly Longsword or Renaissance Rapier

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Introduction to Knightly Longsword

No prior experience necessary, and you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy this mix of history, exercise, technique and strategy. This 8-week introductory course are good for the curious beginner and are required to advance into other classes.  All fencing equipment provided. 


Introduction to Renaissance Rapier

No prior experience necessary, and you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy this mix of history, exercise, technique and strategy.  Beginners can join a mixed class where the instructor presents training for a variety of levels of experience.  All fencing equipment provided.

Areas of study

 

ARMIZARE: MEDIEVAL SWORDSMANSHIP

Armizare (are-mee-TZAR-ay) is the medieval Italian name for the martial arts of the warrior class of Europe – the knight.  Like his Japanese counterpart, the samurai, the knight was the developer and inheritor of a sophisticated martial arts system that encompasses more than just fencing with the medieval sword; it is a comprehensive combat system useful in a variety of contexts: armed with sword, lance, axe or dagger, unarmed and in or out of plate armour. The system also covers the use of improvised weapons, such as heavy clubs, a small baton and flexible weapons.


Through the study of Armizare, you will learn:


  • A 600 year old fighting art, tested on the battlefield by generations of medieval warriors;
  • A solid foundation in natural, elegant movement and universal body mechanics;
  • How to wield a wide variety of  swords, daggers and polearms, in and out of armour;
  • Combative integration – learn how to move from weapon range to grappling range, and how to fight with and against diverse weapons in dissimilar combat scenarios;
  • The evolution of the many tools in the knightly arsenal;
  • The history of our tradition and the stories of its most famous (and infamous) students;
  • The ethical system of chivalry, in theory vs. practice, and its evolution over time.

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Milwaukee Swordplay Academy

3167 S 92nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53227, US

(414) 316-7479

Hours

Open today

06:30 pm – 08:30 pm

Monday         6:30 - 8:30pm

Tuesday         6:00-10:00pm

Wednesday   6:30-8:30pm

Thursday       6:00-10:00pm

Friday  Appointment Only

Saturday   Noon-2:00 PM (Open Floor, Rapier Private Lessons)

Sunday   Appointment Only

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