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The Italian Renaissance Swordsmanship Academy (IRSA)


Our academy's mission is to teach swordsmanship as a complete martial art in the Italian tradition. You will study Longsword, Dagger, Sidesword, Rapier, and Saber. At its core, you will learn a self-defense system that was used for 400 years in the battlefields and back alleys of Europe. We will study techniques from the manuals of the great Italian fencing masters such as; Fiore de'i Liberi's "The Flower of Battle" Circa 1400's for Longsword, dagger and wresting. Antonio Manciolino "Opera Nova" Circa 1500's for Side Sword. Ridolfo Capo Ferro "Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing" Circa 1600's for Rapier. Giuseppe Radaelli Dueling Saber Circa 1800's.

Our Motto

Vincit Qui Se Vincit

Is an adaptation of a phrase from Publilius Syrus, Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria

“He conquers twice who conquers himself when he is victorious.”

The student's greatest challenge is to learn to conquer themselves. Learning control in action rather then reaction, overcoming doubts, insecurities, anger, arrogance and pride will result in success in all life's endeavors.

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