March 2023 Intro Class
March 4, 2023 - March 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Start your training with Ars Gladii at our Introduction class. During this 4-week class, students will learn the basics of fencing with the longsword – how to cut, thrust, and move with a historical weapon. They will also be introduced to the surviving historical manuscripts that form the basis of our art and how we operate as a school. This course culminates with students trying out their new skills by cutting targets with a sharp sword.
Included in the price of the class is a HEMA-rated fencing mask which is the student’s to keep at the end – their very first piece of HEMA gear! All other equipment is provided.
Students will want to wear athletic clothing including flat shoes (running/cross training shoes are just fine). We do keep it cool in the winter and warm in the summer – we suggest students bring a hoodie (colder weather) or wear light, cooling/wicking materials (warmer weather). Thin, light gloves such as batting gloves, golf gloves, or “Mechanix” style work gloves are highly recommended. Lastly, students should bring their own filled water bottle, though some water is available on-site .
We have moved to a 4-week, 2hr per class schedule to allow for more time for tournaments, events, etc. This is the same (even expanded) content as our original Intro class, just condensed in the calendar. Please pay attention to the following dates before registering: Classes run 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, and 3/25.
Note: We make use of a service called PushPress to manage our members, documentation, etc. After completing your class registration, a link will be provided for you to create your PushPress account and sign our waiver. This must be accomplished before the start of the first Intro class.
Ars Gladii is a full-time HEMA school in Garden City, MI. We maintain a 3200 sq. ft. facility dedicated to training historical fencing and weapon combat.