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Email info@maitresarmes.com to inquire about a free class or for more information about us.

Les Maîtres d’Armes are a group offering an environment for serious training in a historical martial arts tradition in a respectful and disciplined atmosphere.  Besides immersing yourself in history and living out your childhood dream of becoming a knight, training with Les Maîtres d’Armes will:

  • Improve your strength and agility
  • Practice your balance and coordination
  • Augment your confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve your overall fitness level

Before joining, we suggest dropping in and taking a look at what we have to offer. Drop us a line and let us know your intentions, and enjoy a free trial before signing up. We can be reached at info@maitresarmes.com. Classes are generally conducted in English, but instructors are bilingual and will be more than happy to translate as needed.

If you’ve already been, or are sure you’re going to love us, sign-up is handled by the City. You can register online through the City of Ottawa website by finding the program code for “Armizare – Medieval Swordsmanship” and then following the instructions here: http://ottawa.ca/en/node/267514/index.html

Another option is to find your way to the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 avenue des Pères Blancs in the Vanier region. The courteous and helpful staff there will be more than happy to help you register

Time: Wednesdays, 19:00 to 20:30

Place: 300 avenue de Pères Blancs, Vanier

Age: 18 and up.

Fundamentals Classes

Fundamentals classes are open to everyone from the age of 18 and up, and all levels of student are encouraged to participate. They are every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30. The primary goal is to develop Novices and Apprentices so as to attain the rank of Companion, where the manuscript material is studied in more detail.  The focus is on basics such as footwork and posture, guards and basic skills with each of the core styles – grappling, dagger and longsword.  The onus is on solo and partner drills and the practice of “set-plays,” sequences of techniques meant to illustrate different tactical responses to varying situations as well as internalise the fundamental precepts of the system.  The students must memorise a series of drills, compartmentalising the basics of each weapon.  These set-plays and drills are done both co-operatively and non-cooperatively, while free-play or sparring is introduced only at the more advanced Apprentice level and then only sparingly to preserve form and technique.

Advanced Classes

Advanced training takes place Mondays, from 7:00 to 8:30PM, but are temporarily unavailable.  These periods provide the means to explore the more advanced concepts of Fiore’s Art, and Companions begin a more comprehensive study of the manuscripts, as well as being introduced to the canonical set-plays contained therein.  It is at this level that the learning truly begins, and students truly learn to fight.  Members are introduced to a variety of weapons, including spear, pollaxe and sword in one hand, and are asked to adopt one as their secondary focus.  Members are also encouraged to contribute a project to the school or HEMA community at large, subject to approval by the group’s principal instructors.

Membership

Membership is accorded after an indeterminate evaluation period.  This evaluation is meant as an introductory period between group members and the instructors to see if the prospective member fits with the overall philosophy of the school and its values.  It is not meant to be exclusionary, but rather as a precaution to avoid conflicts and ensure that members respect the rules of conduct and one another and are capable of training in a safe and respectful manner.  Anybody not abiding by the rules of the group and the Salle will be asked to leave until such time as they are ready to do so.  Membership is linked with rank in the school, since Apprentices are merely Novices that have been accepted as members within the school.

Schedule

Fundamentals Class: Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:30

Advanced Class: Mondays 7:00 to 8:30

Location

We currently practice at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, 300 ave. Des Pères Blanc, Ottawa, in the City of Ottawa. It is a beautiful facility nestled in a wooded area next to downtown Ottawa. Be sure to check the schedule and come by for a visit!

Workshops

Les Maîtres d’Armes also hold workshops on various topics. These workshops may cover any of our usual fields of interest, or may branch out into realms hitherto unknown to widen the knowledge base of our group. Guest instructors may be invited to give weekend seminars pertaining to various aspects of the medieval and renaissance martial arts. These workshops are open to the public, and specific costs are on a per-workshop basis. Details will be posted to the various social media such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as on our own RSS feed and news page.

Seminars

We are also available to do seminars on a variety of topics. These include:

  • Longsword fencing
  • Dagger techniques
  • Medieval grappling
  • Spear
  • Pollaxe
  • Armoured combat

Travel expenses must be covered and room and board must be provided for in the case of seminars outside of the local area. Again, contact us for more information regarding fees and available seminars.

Les Maitres d’Armes offer two classes for training in their core styles: Fundamentals classes (offered through the City), and Advanced classes.  The classes are organised according to rank and level of proficiency as well as standing in terms of membership with the group.  Fundamentals classes are offered through the City of Ottawa, while the Advanced training is privately run and are available as a privilege to members only.