The Renaissance track is a series of classes that focus on the martial arts from the 17th through the 18th century. There are three main classes in this tract, and two of them have a secondary level of class that adds a weapon to the off hand.
In the Renaissance track we offer:
Side Sword (The side sword is a cut and thrust weapon that I like to think of as the half way point between the longsword and the rapier)
Sword and Shield
In the Rapier class, our main focus of study is from a manuscript written by Ridolfo Capoferro, or Capo Ferro, who wrote his manuscript called 'Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing'. Once you reach the level of Schollar you start to study the use of the Rapier and Dagger as taught by Joseph Swetnam in 1617 in his manuscript called 'The Noble and Worthy Science of Defence'.
In the Side Sword class, we use a mix of manuscripts to learn the principles of the art of this sword. It is an Italianate system that is based off of techniques and principles from Achille Marozzo's manuscript called 'The New Text on the Art of Arms' from 1536, and Camillo Agrippa in his manuscript called 'Treatise on the Science of Arms with Philosophical Dialogue' from 1553. Once the student reaches the rank of Schollar he begins the study of the Sword and Buckler in which the fencer uses a small shield in his off hand as a defensive tool that can also be use offensively.
In the Sword and Shield class, the student builds his own shield. The type of shield we use in this class is a 'strapped' shield, meaning that it is strapped to your arm, as opposed to a 'center grip' shield like the Vikings used. Our sword and shield class is based off of Thomas Page's manuscript called 'The Use of the Broad Sword'.
If you haven't been to our school before, please refer to our directions. Your G.P.S. may misguide you.