Weapon
Longsword
Difficulty level
Beginner

The Armizare Workbooks, Part One: The Beginners’ Course

Armizare: the Medieval Italian Martial Art

Do you want to learn authentic medieval Italian martial arts and knightly combat?

With a training partner, some simple equipment, and this innovative workbook, you can.

Incorporating over 40 video clips, text instruction, and many images, this workbook is the most up-to-date way to learn the ancient art of Armizare. Armizare is the Italian word for the Art of Arms, as taught by Fiore dei Liberi in his extraordinary treatise The Flower of Battle, written in about 1400.

It is challenging to learn directly from the manuscript, so let the acclaimed and respected researcher, practitioner and teacher Dr. Guy Windsor make it easier for you with this workbook.

Everybody learns differently, so there are options presented at various points in the workbook, allowing you to choose what to practise next, based on your interests. There are many paths up the mountain, and with this workbook you get to choose your own. The video clips include instruction for both right and left handers. The printed workbooks include abundant space for writing notes, and are available for both right and left-handers.

The workbook is organised into eight classes, for you to take at your own pace. Every movement and technique is clearly described, with images from Fiore’s manuscript, and links to video clips showing you the technique in action.

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Join Guy as he teaches you…

Unarmed techniques

  • The four guards of abrazare (wrestling)
  • The first six plays of abrazare
  • The four steps (footwork)
  • The three turns (footwork)

With the Dagger

  • The four blows of the dagger
  • Disarms against forehand, backhand, and rising dagger thrusts
  • Counters to the disarms
  • Arm locks and counters
  • How to fall safely
  • A basic takedown/throw

With the Longsword

  • Six ways to hold the longsword
  • The seven blows of the longsword
  • How to parry and strike
  • How to counter the parry with a pommel strike
  • How to counter the pommel strike
  • The exchange of thrusts
  • Breaking the thrusts
  • Training on the pell

And above all you will learn how to train safely and effectively. Guy has spent the last 20+ years developing his approach to learning and teaching historical martial arts, so you are in safe and expert hands.

Begin your journey into historical martial arts today with this ground-breaking Armizare workbook.