Introduction Course on l`arte dell`armizare (Armizare) 

The Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts or AEMMA has conducted research and development, training and instruction in historical European martial arts (HEMA) [1] [2] since 1998 and is Canada's longest running HEMA Academy. AEMMA has never waivered from its mission, and will continue to evolve, develop, train and instruct HEMA providing to students, authentic martial arts training and unique fitness and training environment unparalleled in Canada. Located in downtown Toronto in the Annex at the corner of Dupont and Ossington is easily reached via TTC, car, cycling or walking.

If you are new to the world of HEMA, and are interested in pursuing training in the ancient art, the introduction program to Armizare is an outstanding way to determine whether or not, HEMA is for you while incurring minimal expense in training fees and equipment. You will learn in the program information on the history of Armizare, Maestro Fiore dei Liberi (the swordsmaster who had authored the treatises on the fighting art), sources of study and materials, and fundamentals on abra├žare (grappling), daga (dagger) and spada (sword). Students successfully completing the introductory course qualifies him/her to join the Academy and enroll in the regular training program in the rank of recruit, the first rank in long-term training in Armizare.

Equipment Requirements for the Introduction to l'arte dell'armizare (Armizare)

The following list is the minimum training equipment required for any individual interested in starting with the intro training program:

  1. a comfortable t-shirt/training shirt (AEMMA training t-shirts are available @ $20, and may have some in stock at the salle d'armes for purchase),
  2. comfortable leggings/sweats/shorts (summer only),
  3. running shoes or flat-soled wrestling/boxing boots,
  4. pair of leather garden gloves or similar.

Weapons are provided (daggers, swords). Clearly, the equipment requirements will require little or no investment should you already have the items mentioned.


  1. Historical European martial arts (HEMA) refers to martial arts of European origin, particularly using arts formerly practised, but having since died out or evolved into very different forms. The term Western martial arts (WMA) is sometimes used in the United States and in a wider sense including modern and traditional disciplines. During the Late Middle Ages, the longsword had a position of honour among these disciplines, and sometimes historical European swordsmanship (HES) is used to refer to swordsmanship techniques specifically. source: Wikipedia. Historical European martial arts. Retrieved: January 17, 2017.
  2. The Historical European Martial Arts Coalition (HEMAC) is a collection of martial artists and researchers in Europe. They are dedicated to the study, reconstruction, practice and promotion of traditional European fighting arts, based on the study of surviving technical sources (treatises and manuals). HEMAC was established in 2001 and is a non-hierarchical, round-table organisation, consisting of individual researchers and martial artists from many groups across Europe. source: HEMAC. Retrieved: January 17, 2017.
  3. Fighting Arts Collective is the premier combative martial arts school in Toronto specializing in real world solutions, historical context and unconventional fitness programs. Founded in 2004 by world-class instructors, FACT is committed to upholding the values of collaboration, healthy living and the pursuit of warriorship. They currently have 9 schools teaching 8 martial arts, weapons skills, several fitness programs and an aerial school. They also host workshops, events and seminars with local and international instructors. source: Fighting Arts Collective Toronto. Retrieved: January 17, 2017.