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La Verdadera Destreza: The True Art and Skill of Spanish Swordsmanship.

Martinez Academy of Arms is proud to announce that Anthony De Longis and PALPABLE HIT PRODUCTIONS has produced our first instructional video La Verdadera Destreza: The True Art and Skill of Spanish Swordsmanship.

This 2-volume introductory video set is designed to present the Spanish School of Swordsmanship, La Verdadera Destreza, in a simple basic comprehensible form to the modern swordsman training without a master. It will provide you with the most fundamental elements of the Spanish School of Swordsmanship so that as potential Diestros, you may practice basic skills, techniques, and drills. Based upon the texts of Spanish masters Don Jeronimo Sanchez de Carranza and Don Luis Pacheco de Narvaez, and other masters of the period, La Verdadera Destreza is a two-volume instructional guide gleaned from over twenty years of research and study of the historical Spanish treatises by Maestro Ramón Martínez.

With the assistance of Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez and Anthony De Longis, Maestro Ramón Martínez teaches these skills in short, sequential lessons which include simple drills that illustrate the fundamentals of La Verdadera Destreza.

    Contents of Volume 1,
    include instruction and drills covering:
  • Weapon and Blade Selection
  • Proper Grip
  • Positions of the Hand
  • The Stance - Afirmarse
  • Footwork - Compases
  • Blade Actions - Atajo, Cambio de Atajo, and Oppositions
  • Developing Sensitivity - Tacto
  • Building Your Own Circle
    Volume 2,
    Building upon the foundation of skills presented in Volume 1, contents of Volume 2 include instruction and drills covering:
  • Movemientos
  • Cuts - Arrebatar, Media Tajo, Mandoble
  • Thrusts - Estocadas
  • Defensive Blade Actions - Desvios
  • Dagger Selection and Grip
  • Attack and Defense with Rapier & Dagger