Entries tagged with “armizare”.

With details ironed out, it’s time to go public.

I will be in Oregon on April 6 for an armored Combat Seminar in connection with Sean Haye’s Northwest Fencing Academy


If you are interested in armored combat, even theoretically, come on out!

This coming April, I will be at the annual Association of American Italian Studies Conference to be held April 11-13 2013 at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Sean Hayes of the Northwest Fencing Academy and I will be presenting a panel session entitled “L’Arte dell’Armizare: Manuscripts, Texts, Content.”  The panel has been organized by F. Regina Psaki of the University of Oregon. She is also working out details with us to do an armored combat demonstration as well.

Sean wiill  be speaking on “Visual and Rhetorical Strategies of Medieval Martial Arts Texts: Art, Memory, and Performance.”

I will be doing “Patterns of Remedy in Il Fior di Battaglia: Insights from the Practical World into the Pedagogical Structure of Getty Ludwig Manuscript XV 13.”

We’ll be doing our part to raise  awareness in academic circles of the serious work done by WMA researchers in rebuilding and understanding the martial arts of medieval and renaissance Europe.


Two years ago, the Chicago Swordplay Guild put on an event celebrating the anniversary of Fiore die Liberi’s works called “the 600” for the number of years it had been since the maestro wrote. It was held at the DeKoven Center in Racine Wisconsin, the same place as the bi-annual Western Martial Arts Workshop. Unlike the Workshop, the event was devoted to the study of Fiore’s armizare.

Now they are doing it again September 14-16, with a name change to “Armizare Academy” because “602” just doesn’t have that ring.

The instructors this year are all North American, and there’s going to be a lot of really good classes. I will also be there to lecture, instruct and fence in the CFAA armored deed of arms.  Check out the link at http://www.chicagoswordplayguild.com/c/events for more details.

It’s not quite too late to join the fun!

I will be attending the Freelance Academy Press’s “meet and greet”  at the SCA’s 41st Pennsic War in Slippery Rock, PA.  Come by and see us at the Revival Clothing tent on Monday August 6 at 7:30 PM.  There will be munchies to eat as well as authors and editors to chat up.

I just returned from the 47th International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University where I presented a paper entitled “The Gripping Tale of Fiore Dei Liberi’s Fifth Dagger Remedy Master.”  It was the third in a series on the organization of the dagger section in the Getty manuscript of il Fior di Battalia, and was well received.

I am currently working on a paper combining this paper and the two previous ones for inclusion in a proposed proceedings volume for the panel series “Can These Bones Be Brought to Life” that has been sponsored by the Higgins Armory Museum.  If you have my Armizare book from Freelance Academy Press you will still find some material of interest as the paper touches on elements concerning the structure of the plays in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Remedy Masters developed since that manuscript was put to bed.

In connection with Lysts on the Lakes international jousting competition (May 4, 5 & 6), there will be a Chivalric Martial Arts Symposium offering training in both equestrian and pedestrian chivalric arts, which will be taking place in Austin TX on the four days preceding the Lysts on the Lakes competition event. More details will be available soon on the official website.

I and several other notable fellows are among the instructors. There will be classes in armizare (and other styles of related arts) classes. Students and instructors will have the opportunity to participate in armored foot combat during the competition days.

This is a major opportunity for anyone interested in the practice of chivalric martial arts.

The Chicago Sword play Guild once again presented and amazing four days of Western Martial Arts classes, lectures, demonstrations, and activities at the lovely DeKoven Center in Racine, Wisconsin.  They have yet to put up pictures from the event but many have all ready surfaced on various social media sites and on You Tube.  I can’t honestly say that a good time was had by all (but only because I didn’t speak to each and every one of the folks there) but I know I had a fine experience (despite a pesky headache haunting the middle two days which were, naturally the ones when I was teaching, presenting and fighting in the armored Deed of Arm).

My Amrizare book made a pre-release appearance there by way of 20 or so copies that Freelance Academy Press liberated from the printer for the occasion.  I am pleased to say that all departed the DeKoven Center on their way to new homes.  Someday I will get a copy myself.

armizare book coverOver the past two years, much of my time has been devoted to preparing a book on the Getty manuscript of Fiore dei Liberi’s il Fior di Battaglia (The Flower of Battle).  We are now in the final production stages and expect it to be available in September from Freelance Academy Press.

The covert images should look familiar as they were also used for the blog’s header.

The book is nearly 200 hundred pages long.  It explores the organization of the the manuscript, section by section. Between each text section is an interpretation section where key elements and plays from the manuscript get explored.  The intent is to provide a tool kit for further exploration of the art of arms as recorded by Fiore dei Liberi.  As such, I think it will be a valuable read for both beginner and experienced martial artists alike as well as for those interested in how a medieval manuscript canbe used as a teaching vehicle for a physical art.