May 14, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Looking for a gift for that special someone? This is perfect! Give the gift of sword fighting to them.
You can send him or her to the class, or you can attend with him! The first three hours are spend
on the curriculum of the school and the final hour is spent working on a specific technique from
Fior dei Battaglia (Flos Duellatorum written in 1409).
May 15, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
This is will be a 4 hour workshop focusing on the use of the quarterstaff. This class is the first of a
three part series on the use of the quarterstaff. This month we will be looking at the use of the
quarter staff as it was used in the late medieval and renaissance periods. The basis for this course
is treatises from England and Italy.
May 28 & 29, 2016
12:00pm - 4:00pm
The first three hours will be spent following the curriculum cards as usual,
and the last hour will be spent learning a special technique from one of the
higher levels. All needed equipment will be provided. Please wear pants that
require a belt (and bring a belt, of course.) Real firearms are not permitted
in the salle for safety and insurance purposes. If you wish to bring any of
your own tactical gear or airsoft training weapons, they must be cleared by
an instructor before use.
Are you looking for a well established school to study martial arts in the European tradition? DEMAS has been in
business since 2000 in the San Jose / Santa Clara area and has worked with many students over the years. We are
a school that studies and works on the fundamental principles of martial arts so that you will be able to understand
and use many different styles and weapons.
Davenriche has experience in training and running theatrical fights and is available to assist in those endeavors.
People mistakenly associate martial arts exclusively with the Asian Fighting arts. Currently, there is a reemergence
in the study of historically accurate Western Martial Arts from medieval and renaissance fighting manuscripts.
These manuscripts have reveled a well established, highly sophisticated European fighting system employing
swords, rapiers, daggers, shields, pole axes and more.
Unfortunately, theatrical and popular media portrayals have reduced European martial arts to the myth that
combatants merely crudely bludgeoned, hacked, and slashed savagely at their opponents. In reality, European
martial arts integrate footwork, avoidance, and the ability to use timing and distance to exploit and enhance
the sword's inherent cutting and thrusting capabilities. These skills include techniques for grappling, wrestling,
kicking, throwing, and disarming of the opponent. European martial arts are distinctly different from modern
Olympic fencing and Asian martial arts.
Enthusiasts of modern fencing, historical reenactment and role playing games are now starting to focus on
historically accurate methods of medieval and renaissance fighting skills. The differences between the English,
Italian and Spanish schools of rapier and sword play have been studied at length. How to properly wear your
weapon, particularly when in a crowd, and knowing when not to use it, are two of the skills a swordsman must have.
It takes years before you can do anything in martial arts: Progress may seem painfully slow at first, but it will come.
You should start to develop some skills within the first month, feeling more comfortable and developing a decent
understanding of what you will accomplish. You can earn your first rank in three to four months. That said, you can
spend your entire life perfecting your forms and training you mind and spirit.
Today in our school we use wooden swords (called wasters), fencing helmets to protect the head and face, gloves
and padded jackets to protect the hands and arms. Safety is a primary concern, so we work very hard on mixing
the medieval and renaissance martial arts with the safety concerns of the 21st century.
When you join our school, you will get to study the European tradition of martial arts while you learn how to use
different kinds of swords and daggers. And, in the process you may pick up some history, physics, and geometry,
and have fun while you are learning these skills.
Martial Artes School
3266 De La Cruz
Santa Clara, CA 95054
The truth about martial arts –
Will I get hurt in martial arts training: The martial arts are
safer than many sports because precautions are taken
against injury. As a form of self-defense, the training is
designed to help you avoid getting hurt. That's not to say
you won't get a bruise or risk twisting an ankle and maybe
get knocked down. As a beginning student, you aren't
signing up to get kicked in the head. You may not
experience any physical contact until you've mastered
quite a few moves, which should allow you a fighting
chance to protect yourself. There is a danger in any
activity, but control and safety are prime concerns in
our study of the martial art. As much technique and
as many principles as we study and learn, control is
always stressed in all our actions.
We do everything we can to keep our classes as safe as
possible, but ultimately safety is a concern and
responsibility for all of us. Each one of us has to look out
for our own safety and the safety of those around us.
Are you a teacher, or do you know a teacher that would
like to have a demonstration at their school for their class?
We have several options available. Usually if history is only
taught as a bunch of dates in a book, it really is pretty boring.
What we do when we visit a class is bring history to life and try
to engender a desire in the students to want to learn more
about history. If they have a chance to hold a sword in their
hand or put on a knight's helmet, then history isn't just a
bunch of dates, it is a real, tangible thing that the students
can really touch.
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Gift Certificates Available
Don't know what to get that special person for Christmas or
birthdays? If that special person is interested in history or martial
arts or both, than a gift certificate to a month of classes may be
the perfect gift for them.
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