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- $10 for a children’s introductory longsword class (a $20 value)<p>
Blending the written instruction of the ancient noble houses of Europe with modern science, instructors clue kids ages 8–13 in with 45 minutes of classroom instruction. For the last 15 minutes of class, students teamed up for closely coached group sparring sessions, applying what they’ve learned. All equipment and safety gear is provided. <p>
- $25 for an adult introductory longsword class (a $60 value)<p>
Head instructor Lee Smith takes students 14 years and older on a 75-minute journey through the longsword techniques developed by the German masters of yore. The class drills with swords, focusing on balance, footwork, and proper body mechanics, and those who stick with it will eventually progress to grappling and historical dagger techniques. All equipment and safety gear is provided. <p>
- $35 for an adult introductory stick-fighting class (a $90 value)<p>
Developed in the Middle Ages by the Portuguese, jogo do pau employs devastatingly fast movements to turn sticks and staves into brutal weapons. Luis Preto—who holds a black sash in the art—guides students through two hours of combative drills that focus on balance, movement, and body alignment. All equipment and safety gear is provided. <p>
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Blood & Iron Martial Arts
Blood & Iron Martial Arts' principal instructor Lee S. Smith and senior instructor Nicole Smith both love a good fight, whether with fist, knife, or sword. Mixing manuals penned by the masters of antiquity with a little modern combat science, the duo resurrects European styles of weapon fighting ranging from the Italian rapier and dagger to the German longsword to Single stick and German messer. They pack their weekly schedule full of two-hour classes, spending the first 90 minutes imparting the basics of balance, footwork, and body alignment needed to add a 3-foot metal extension to one's arm. They leave the last 30 minutes open for sparring sessions for authorized students, since application is the best way to master a skill and the world’s last dragon retired to Florida in 1986.