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Are you looking for a well established school to study martial arts in the European tradition? DEMAS has been in business since 2000 in the San Jose / Santa Clara area and has worked with many students over the years. We are a school that studies and works on the fundamental principles of martial arts so that you will be able to understand and use many different styles and weapons.
In addition Davenriche has experience in running and training theatrical fights and is available to assist in these endeavors.
People mistakenly associate martial arts exclusively with the Asian Fighting arts. Currently, there is a renaissance in the study of historically accurate Western Martial Arts, from medieval fighting manuals. These manuals have reveled a well established, highly sophisticated European fighting system employing swords, rapiers, daggers, shields, pole axes and more.
Unfortunately, theatrical and popular media portrayals have reduced European martial arts to the myth that combatants merely crudely bludgeoned, hacked, and slashed savagely at their opponents. In reality, European martial arts integrate footwork, avoidance, and the ability to use timing and distance to exploit and enhance the sword's inherent cutting and thrusting capabilities. These skills include techniques for grappling, wrestling, kicking, throwing, and disarming of the opponent. European martial arts are distinctly different from modern Olympic fencing and Asian martial arts.
Enthusiasts of modern fencing, historical reenactment and role playing games are now starting to focus on historically accurate methods of medieval and renaissance fighting skills. The differences between the English, Italian and Spanish schools of rapier and sword play have been studied at length. How to properly wear your weapon, particularly when in a crowd, and knowing when not to use it, are two of the skills a swordsman must have.
It takes years before you can do anything in martial arts: Progress may seem painfully slow at first, but it will come. You should start to develop some skills within the first month, feeling more comfortable and developing a decent understanding of what you will accomplish. You can earn your first rank in three to four months. That said, you can spend your entire life perfecting your forms and training you mind and spirit.
Today in our school we use wooden swords (called wasters), fencing helmets to protect the head and face, gloves and padded jackets to protect the hands and arms. Safety is a primary concern, so we work very hard on mixing the medieval and renaissance martial arts with the safety concerns of the 21st century.
When you join our school, you will get to study the European tradition of martial arts while you learn how to use different kinds of swords and daggers. And, in the process you may pick up some history, physics, and geometry, and have fun while you are learning these skills.
The truth about martial arts –
Will I get hurt in martial arts training: The martial arts are safer than many sports because precautions are taken against injury. As a form of self-defense, the training is designed to help you avoid getting hurt. That's not to say you won't get a bruise or risk twisting an ankle and maybe get knocked down. As a beginning student, you aren't signing up to get kicked in the head. You may not experience any physical contact until you've mastered quite a few moves, which should allow you a fighting chance to protect yourself. There is danger in any activity, but control and safety are prime concerns in our study of the martial art. As much technique and as many principles as we study and learn, control is always stressed in all of our actions.
We do everything we can to keep this as safe as possible, but ultimately safety is a concern and responsibility for all of us. Each one of us has to look out for our own safety and the safety of those around us.
Davenriche European Martial Artes School
3233 De La Cruz, Unit F
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Are you a teacher, or do you know a teacher that would like to have a demonstration at their school for their class? We have several options available. Usually if history is only taught as a bunch of dates in a book, it really is pretty boring. What we do when we visit a class is bring history to life and try to engender a desire in the students to want to learn more about history. If they have a chance to hold a sword in their hand or put on a knight's helmet, then history isn't just a bunch of dates, it is a real, tangible thing that the students can really touch.
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