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Mon, Feb 25, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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East Village, Manhattan
64 E 4th St 2nd Fl
Btwn Bowery & 2nd Ave
New York, New York 10003
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this fencing lesson:

Students begin learning footwork, the proper manner of gripping the weapon and positions of the hand. Along with this foundation they will also learn the centuries old etiquette that exists in a traditional school of fencing.

Students receive instruction in classical and historical fencing from dedicated professionals of a traditional fencing lineage. Students receive individualized instruction. You may train in any of the weapons that they teach; French or Italian foil, French or Italian Dueling sword, Italian Dueling sabre, French small-sword, Italian or Spanish rapier, and stick fencing. 

Note: Bring comfortable workout clothing and a pair of sneakers. Plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to the start of the class.

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Class must be taken within 3 months of date of purchase. Full refund available only if request is made within 30 days of date of purchase.


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Question from Marvin G.
It's not possible to book a class on the same day? Does the location allow walk ins for the same price as here?
Answer from Seth Q. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
All classes must be paid in full before the class date (in accordance with school cancellation policies) in order to enroll you. We could only reserve a slot for you once the class is paid. Prices are actually determined by our school partners who offer these classes.
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Does this class accept any age?
Answer from Chermalyn P. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, Angela! The minimum age requirement is 18 years old.
Answer from Adrianna K. Verified Student
People in the class ranged from their early 20's to mid 60's; I would say it's pretty friendly for all age groups.
Answer from philip miguel K. Verified Student
Yes as long as you are above the listed age (18y) you can participate
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Reviews of Classes at Martinez Academy of Arms (35)

(35 Reviews)
Beginner Fencing
Reviewed by Anonymous on 2/18/2018
I really enjoyed it and the people were very welcoming.
Beginner Fencing
Reviewed by Adrianna K. on 9/24/2017
The instructors were phenomenal and really got into teaching us the basics of fencing! It's a great class to get to know more about the history of the martial art, as well as to get an introduction!
Beginner Fencing
Reviewed by Maisie W. on 9/5/2017
Class was super cool, unusual and fun. The teachers were great and we had lots of personal attention. Highly recommend to people looking for a unique sport to discover!
Beginner Fencing
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/19/2017
Really wonderful and informative introductory experience. A good balance of individual attention, instruction, and playfulness. If you've ever wondered about this, this is a good class to take. Not very physically demanding to start with, so it's OK if you're not marathon ready.
Beginner Fencing
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/26/2016
It wasn't really what I was looking for in an introductory / beginner's class, I think. A bit more detail below, but essentially I would avoid this if you're looking for a more relaxed, casual introduction to the art. Like most of the courses I look for on here, I was looking for a more casual introduction to fencing, something my girlfriend and I could try to get a general feel for it, to see if it's something that we'd want to pursue more of. Instead, this seemed to be a much more serious class, something you'd only want to take if you already had a serious interest in fencing and were ready to put in the time and effort to work on your conditioning and technique before doing much with a foil. It also wasn't really a discrete beginner's class, either - we came to an evening class, and were the only two new people among many much much more experienced students. We were set up in the middle of an ongoing practice session for the more experienced students, and assigned an instructor who would come by periodically to check in on us, assign a new exercise, or critique our form. These exercises were focused on developing our posture, footwork, and balance. I'm sure these are core, critical skills to develop as a fencer, but I didn't really feel like they really piqued our interest that much. The overwhelming majority of the class had us slowly doing what were basically shallow squats, or slowly walking through the steps of how to get into the correct stance. Admittedly, we did get to pick up practice foils for a short time - but it was really just to practice our grips, and slowly step though a very basic thrust with very little supervision or attention. Maybe it's the nature of fencing, but in other martial arts classes I've taken (archery and longsword-style fencing) part of the introductory class was actually getting do the activity as part of a whole class of beginners, which was much more engaging, and frankly, a lot more fun.
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Martinez Academy of Arms

The Martinez Academy of Arms is a unique school distinguished by its living tradition of European fencing arts. The structure of the Academy reflects the ideals of 19th Century classical fencing academies. Entering the Academy, one steps into another era where students not only exhibit a serious dedication...

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