Museum Gallery Capo Ferro

Introduction to The Arts

The core martial system of Academie Duello traces its origins to the violent streets, dangerous battlefields, and duelling grounds of Northern Italy in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The system of Academie Duello focuses on the teaching and weapons of a 300 year span of history between 1400 and 1700 and fits within a tradition that begins with the Longsword and Wrestling of Fiore dei Liberi in the 1400s and concludes with the Italian Rapier and its masters such as Salvator Fabris and Ridolfo Capo Ferro in the 1600s.

Though our system spans a large historical period it is integrated so each discipline serves to teach core principles that relate to the system as a whole. The point oriented rapier emphasizes the principles of geometry, timing, and distance; the longsword emphasizes flow, 360-degree movement, and the blend of wrestling and swordwork; the sword and shield fuse together the cut and thrust and hone the deceptive and fluid aspects of the art; unarmed and dagger skills focus on core body mechanics, contact perception, and the skills required to survive a close engagement.

Beyond our core system Academie Duello also hosts Stage Combat, Bartitsu (a Victorian- era mixed martial art), Archery, and Mounted Combat programs.

Ranks and Skill Progression

Most Academie Duello programs follow a ranking system. Ranks allow a student to set goals, understand their progress, and learn new skills in a structured and efficient fashion. Progression through ranks is done through private assessments with instructors and public examination for major levels. We foster a highly supportive environment and students are encouraged to move at their own pace.

You can read more about the rank progression of the various arts through their pages.