Scholar syllabus

Overview: The first student rank signifies an understanding of the fundamental precepts of the system and apply the entirety of their learning to a limited freeplay environment in a defensive…

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Understanding the Punta Falsa

Ending the largo section of MS Ludwig XV13 (a.k.a. “the Getty Manuscript”) is a play known as the Punta Falsa or Punta Curta - the False Point or Short Point,…

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Break, Capture & Dominate the Center: Understanding Il Primo Remedio Di Daga In Context, Part Three: Using the Right Hand, Piu Forteza & Training

The single largest section in three of the four known copies of The Flower of Battle is dagger defense ((Dagger defense and wrestling do not appear in the Morgan Ms.,…

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Break, Capture and Dominate The Center: Understanding Il Primo Remedio Di Daga in Context, Part Two: Execution of the Cover

In the first part of this series, we looked briefly at the overall organization of the dagger material, as well as the larger, tactical and pedagogical framework it presents, specifically:…

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New IAS Dagger Training Manual!

The International Armizare Society’s mission is to maintain and pass down canonical Armizare as recorded and left to posterity by the Founder, Fiore dei Liberi,  as a complete, traditional, but living and…

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The IAS Core Curriculum: How it Works

The International Armizare Society is a confraternal association concerned with the restoration, preservation and transmission of canonical Armizare as  a complete, traditional, but living and functional martial art. To this end, we have…

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The International Armizare Society’s First Provost Exam, Part Two: Board Examination

The International Armizare Society’s First Provost Exam, Part Two: Board Examination
Students enter the „Natio Germanica Bononiae“, the german nation at the university of Bologna, image from the 15th century

Once a student has cleared their school’s internal provost requirements, it falls to their instructor to arrange for an IAS Examiners Board. The board always comprises the testee’s instructor/sponsor, and…

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The Teaching Circle

The Teaching Circle
The teaching circle

The Teaching Circle in Martial Arts Much of what I'm going to put down in writing below is likely in the "obvious" category for many of you reading this. Much…

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Metaphysiks of Armizare

The Metaphysiks of Armizare; Theory to Doctrine, Doctrine to Practice By Christian Cameron, IAS This article is not founded on my belief that I am a particularly gifted swordsperson.  Rather,…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 9th Master

Video 9 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 8th Master

Video 8 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 7th Master

Video 7 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 6th Master

Video 6 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 5th Master

Video 5 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 4th Master

Video 4 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 3rd Master

Video 3 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger Remedy…

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 2nd Master

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The Nine Dagger Remedy Masters: 1st Master

Video 1 of 9 in a short series. Dagger Remedy Master 1Dagger Remedy Master 1 Addendum - Getting a GripDagger Remedy Master 2Dagger Remedy Master 3Dagger Remedy Master 4Dagger Remedy Master 5Dagger…

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Evaluating physical skills

This article continues our pedagogical series by focusing on evaluation methods for physical skills. These evaluation schemes can be either formal or informal as previous articles have detailed, with their primary…

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Actions with Intent

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In-Class Video - March 2016 Sean Hayes Isaac Prier When practicing technique, or specific tactical applications of technique, it's critical for both partners in a drill to maintain realistic intent.…

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Announcement: Declaration of Fraternity with the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts!

The International Armizare Society is extremely pleased to announce a Declaration of Fraternity with the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts, which can be seen IAS-AEMMA-Smith-Hayes-Mele-Signature_signed_mar18_2016. About AEMMAWith chapters throughout…

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Measuring Success: the Role of Freeplay & Competition in Training

Measuring Success: the Role of Freeplay & Competition in Training
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Freeplay IAS Schools employs a variety of models for freeplay (sparring).  The bridge between strict drills and complete freeplay is in the form of exercises with certain parameters in which actions…

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Ranks, curricula, and pedagogy, Part I

This article is the first in a series of three articles that will cover curriculum building and its importance in the continued advancement and improvement of your students. I will…

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Applied Armizare – Fiore’s Five Throws

Introduction Fiore dei Liberi is known as the founder of a fully-functional, holistic system of combat, used with and without weapons, that he named l’arte dell’armizare -- the Art of Arms.…

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The Friulian Civil War

(c) Gregory D. Mele, 2014 Fiore dei Liberi's homeland of Friuli was not spared the constant military engagements that plagued Italy in the last decades of the 14th century, and…

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Galeazzo da Montova: Portrait of a Condottiero Captain

Galeazzo da Montova: Portrait of a Condottiero Captain
From the Beauchamp Pageant, showing Richard de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, fighting against Pandolfo Malatesta in Verona, 1408. The presiding judge (in center) is Galeazzo da Mantova, student of Fiore dei Liberi!

(c) 2013, Gregory D. Mele I will now recall and name some of my students who had to fight in the lists. First among them was the noble and hardy…

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