I thought I started studying Armizare in October when in reality it was September. Thirteen months have passed since I started this journey into HEMA, which stands for Historical European Martial Arts. It turns out it was mid September when I discovered our recently opened HEMA school, High Desert Armizare. So I missed my one year anniversary. Whoops. (sheepish grin) I am pleased that not only have I stuck with it I have become even more enchanted with it-ALL of it.
I remember being not so thrilled about the idea of grappling. But learning dagger sounded fun and cool too. So if I had to learn grappling and dagger to learn how to wield a longsword I decided I would still do it. I picked up sword work fairly easily. Well compared to the other two anyway. Out of the three I struggled the most with the dagger. Grappling wasn't far behind. For about the first nine months or so grappling and dagger work were my least favorite. Mainly because I found it to be difficult and awkward for me. I believe part of it was exhaustion after working a graveyard shift with too little sleep.
August and September it seems like we worked with swords completely. Three weeks ago we started working with daggers again. I am doing much better and am just as thrilled with it now as I am sword work. A clearer, non-sleep deprived brain, more experience in Armizare and a greater understanding of how it is a holistic system has made quite a lot of difference. I have a greater appreciation and knowledge of body mechanics and physics now. I love how just a simple move properly performed can bring an opponent to their knees.
At about that time a member of our sister school, NW Armizare put out a free app on google play "Pocket Armizare". A free phone app that combines all four of Fiore's manuscripts in one place and they are all cross referenced with one another. So if a play is found in all four you can see them all do to the cross referencing. To the gentleman who did this, "THANK YOU!" I happily downloaded it and have been scrolling through it. It is a handy reference to help remind me of what we did in the last class. I am amazed at how much of it we have covered this past year. With this app I can also make my own notes using what are me a key terms to remember the day's lesson.