Academy Of Arms

Academy Of Arms


Hi I am currently in the new Sunday class and just recently got on to the Forum. Was wondering if anyone could recommend either videos or books to help me check my form for the guards and cuts. Thank you trying to get some practice in before next class.
We've added the results from CombatCon 2019, organized in August 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, US by Blood and Iron Martial Arts!

At the event they ran the following tournaments:

* Mixed Nylon Longsword
* Mixed Steel Longsword
* Mixed Steel Longsword
* Women's Steel Longsword
* Mixed Steel Rapier & Optional Dagger
* Mixed Singlestick
* Mixed Steel Arming Sword & Buckler

We've added all the results to the database and updated the relevant rating categories.

Here are some of the main changes to the August 2019 ratings:

**Longsword (Mixed/Men, Steel)**

Dashiell Harrison of Indes Ferox Gladio climbs 59 places to 141st!

Eric J. Hardeman of South Coast Swords climbs 11 places to 205th!

Jack Stewart of United Clans Swordsman Association climbs 173 places to 218th!

Tony Huang of Blood and Iron Martial Arts climbs 36 places to 219th!

**Longsword (Women, Steel)**

Kirsten Meredith of True Edge Academy my of Swordsmanship climbs 18 places to 37th!

Rachel Van D**e of South Coast Swords gains 5.3 points, but is overtaken by fighters who climbed more!

Harriet Coates of Academy Of Arms climbs 39 places to 114th!

Kristen Argyle of True Edge Academy of Swordsmanship climbs 91 places to 138th!

**Singlestick (Mixed)**

Dimitrios Andreas Stephanoy of Blood and Iron Martial Arts climbs 9 places to 4th!

Erik Bailey of Blood and Iron Martial Arts climbs 1 place to 9th!

Jonathan Clyde Ying of South Coast Swords climbs 3 places to 18th!

**Sword and Buckler (Mixed, Steel)**

Marcus Stobbe of En Garde Fencing climbs 5 places to 21st!

Adam Simmons of Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship climbs 11 places to 71st!

Ben Blythe of Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship climbs 38 places to 72nd!

Full results:

Congrats to all fighters, and thanks to HEMA Scorecard and Christopher Phoenix for supplying the results!

If you like what we're doing with HEMA Ratings, why not pledge a few bucks to support us through Patreon so that we can cover costs and maybe even use it to make the system better in the future? You'll also get a cool badge on your fighter profile if you support us with $5 or more, and the badge is permanent even if you stop supporting us in the future.
Ya boy Dean just made Apprentice! Congratulations Dean!
Hello everyone. It's been a while but I hope you're all well.

I'm selling my sparring gear....not my sword, still going to keep up the practice, but everything else.

$200 For the kit. Includes barely used large mask, reinforced leather Gorget, and SPES gloves.

I'd love to see them go to the school for loaner gear, or to someone who is going to have the time to attend classes regularly.

PM me for more photos.

We conquered The World of Eddie on our way to CombatCon!
Ren faire fight scene
Congrats on Maura Dykstra attaining the rank of Apprentice at Academy Of Arms!!!! I donโ€™t have a picture of her, so I quickly drew one.
Congrats on the gold!
People! The 2017 AoA cake has arrived!!!
Salvete, I am a freshman of UCSB, and I major in Medieval Studies. I am well aware of the misconceptions surrounding Medieval Martial Art, and I firmly believe in its effectiveness. I intend on joining Academy of Arms for a more systematic approach to the study of HEMA, and for more scholastic reasons, I want to explore a new side of medieval life. Does the school only teach German longsword? If so, then by which master do the students follow? (Just curious, don't have a preference or dislike for particular masters)
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We are a non-profit western martial arts school serving the greater Los Angeles area. Our focus is h Fees vary by location, time, and size of group.


Recreational Program: Designed for busy people who struggle for free time to pursue their interests. A good choice if your career, family, or college life is your primary focus but you would still like to pursue a martial art. Historical Program: An immersive program for students with the time to pursue a deeper study of the weapons, history and culture of the Middle Ages. Group Class



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Paul fought hard and took the silver medal in Open Steel!


In addition to women's steel, Harriet has also made elims in Open Synthetic!
Congrats to Sean E. for making elims in his first tournament outing in Open Synthetic!


Lots of awesome SoCal Swordfight news:
Matt RK made elims in Sword and Buckler AND Open Steel!
Harriet made elims in Women's steel, and ranked number 1 in pools!
And... "Drumroll..." Mr. Paul Barolet will be fighting for gold in Open Steel!
Way to go fighters!

Academy of Arms 2018 Picnic 09/03/2018

Food, friends, beanbag trebuchets, spear throwing, and lots more fun! 09/03/2018

"Das Grublein" is a grappling game from Fabian von Auerswald's Ringbuch. One player is the "King" who has to stand with one foot planted on a marked spot. If
the King moves his foot from the spot, then he loses his place and his challenger takes the spot. But the catch is that the challenger must hop on one foot! The old books say that it is "very funny to watch."


Behold, the official AoA 2018 combat cupcake cake!


The new cycle begins with "Longsword Fundamentals" on Sunday, August 26th. Now is the perfect time to introduce your friends and family to swordfighting, or join yourself. Email [email protected] for more details!


Paul just advanced into synthetic elims!


Combatcon competition begins! Good luck to Paul, Shaun, Dean, Devin, Matt Rk, Matt C, Paula, and Harriet!


This is what you get after a long day of cutting practice. Many bottles were also harmed during this cutting instruction certification!


A great hanging defense by tournament winner Paul


3rd place medalist in this year's school tournament- George!


AoA tournament: First and second place winners, Matt RK and Paul!


Tournament Results are in! Congratulations to Paul for winning the Academy of Arms 2018 school tournament. Paul survived ALL his tournament fights, a feat only managed by three competitors in all AoA tournaments! 05/23/2018

New photo by Paula Friedlund

Congrats to all our 2018 tournament participants! Fight hard, play hard.


Dan passed his apprentice test! Congratulations!


Josh W. and Josh R. passed their apprentice tests!


Milla passed her apprentice test! Congratulations!

Salesian Boys and Girls Club Demo 02/27/2018

On Saturday, March 24th, Academy of Arms students shared their joy of swords with members of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. Demonstrations and boffer oberhau training ensued!


Devin just won the gold in socal open synthetic!


Socal Swordfight update: Dean has advanced into the open steel elims!


Day 1 of Socal Swordfight


Socal swordfight update: Devon will be fighting for gold in the open synthetic tournament. Paul will be fighting for bronze in open synthetic. Congratulations to all our Academy of Arms participants!

There are still spectator tickets available for Sunday. Come support our school!


The new cycle begins with "Longsword Fundamentals" on Tuesday, February 20th, and Sunday, February 25th. Now is the perfect time to introduce your friends and family to swordfighting, or join yourself. email [email protected] for more details!

Mixed-Weapon Sparring 01/17/2018


Mixed-Weapon Sparring 01/17/2018



Cake! From the 2017 AoA Picnic.


Congratulations to Shaun for advancing into the final round of beginner's cutting. Congratulations to Matt and Paul for advancing into synthetic longsword elims!


Combatcon begins! Good luck to our competitors, Shaun, Matt, Paul, And Paula.


Upcoming Events:
School Picnic: Sunday, August 20th

New cycle begins Tuesday, August 22 with Longsword fundamentals!

LACMA Demo Spring 2107 03/30/2017

On Sunday, March 26th, some of our apprentices demonstrated German Longsword techniques at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), in honor of the Renaissance and Reformation exhibit, which features art, as well as arms and armor, from the time period of our manuscripts!


Congratulations to Devin, the runner up in our 2017 Academy of Arms school tournament! And... drumroll please...

Congratulations to George, for winning! Enjoy your AOA stein!




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