May 19th - May 21st, 2017

The first rule in the exercises of the arm and sword in the formation of the cuts: reves, medio tajo, and media reves, on the straight step.

Workshop Seminar

  • Rapier Session
    • Navaja Session Martinez Academy of Arms and Raven Arts Institute are pleased to host our biennial 3-day Spanish Martial Arts Weekend. The focus this year will be on the tactical considerations of the cut versus the thrust.


      Rapier Session

      The nature of the Spanish school of rapier allows the diestro/fencer/student, to express himself in innumerable ways as a martial artist. The priority will be on teaching the diestro how to consider what technique to use in regard to the adversary based on measure and proportion. We will cover the thrust and the types of cuts in detail so the diestro can determine which is more appropriate in a given situation. Additionally, the diestro will learn to determine how a cut can end in a thrust or vice versa. Maestro James Lorigea will delve into the tactical considerations of the cut versus the thrust with the navaja. The focus will be on how the attacks are similar to and different from the rapier when they are performed with the shorter blade. He will explore the relative merits of each attack as well as the combination of both techniques during the attack based on your footwork, your angle of approach, and the relative length of the adversary’s weapon as compared to yours.

      Equipment and Weapons Required for Workshop

      To participate in the whole workshop: Students must bring their own equipment and come prepared with jackets, 3-weapon fencing masks, gorgets, groin protectors for men, breast protection for women, gloves for both hands, rapiers, daggers, and navaja trainers.
      To participate in the navaja session only: Students must bring navaja trainers.


      • Maestro Ramon Martinez
      • Maestro Jared Kirby
      • Maestro James Loriega


      • Friday:
        100 Grand Dance 100 Grand Street New York, NY 10013
      • Saturday and Sunday:
        Community Educational & Recreational Center (CERC) 180 9th Street Jersey City, NJ 07302


      • Friday: Navaja 6 pm – 9 pm
      • Saturday: Rapier 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm
      • Sunday: Rapier 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

      Cost and Deadlines

      • Workshop/Seminar Registration - $275
      • Navaja Session Only - $75
      Navaja Session Only - $75
      Workshop/Seminar Registration - $275

      After April 24th no refunds will be made under any circumstances. Once registered you will receive a confirmation email. Participants must be 18 years old and over. All inquiries should be directed to Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez:


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