The St. Martins Academy of Medieval Arms studies Medieval European
self-defense as set down in instructional treatises by Medieval Masters of
Arms. There are dozens of these manuals undergoing translation and
interpretation by a growing community of enthusiasts and martial artists.
These treatises instruct students in wrestling and striking arts, knife
fighting and defense, swordplay, axe and spear arts, and mounted combat.
Academy is proud to be part of the re-discovery and reconstruction of an
effective and battle-tested European Martial Arts tradition based on
thousands of years of practice and distillation.
St. Martin's Academy meets upon request. For directions and times, please
The founder of the
St. Martin's Academy, Bob Charron, has spent years translating and
interpreting the techniques from the Fior di Bataglia, a treatise of arms
written in the early 15th century by Fiore dei Liberi,
instructor at arms to Nicolo d’Este, Marquis of Ferrara. This manual
contains nearly 300 techniques ranging from unarmed grappling to combat on
the techniques from this treatise for martial arts schools and historians
in United States, Canada and Europe.
more information on booking a symposium, click here.
To further the quality of information available for the study of medieval
martial arts, Bob is preparing his translation of "Fior di Battaglia" for
publication. Prior to this time, there has been no English translation of
this document, which resides in the archives of the J. Paul Getty Museum
in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more research information.
Publication information is available from Chivalry Bookshelf at