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CLASS OVERVIEW

Drop In Cost $25/session

Full Membership (6 month contract - allows training at all class times, open gym times, and access to research library) $150/month.

Iron Shield Arms LLC 1310 N San Fernando Road Los Angeles CA 90065.

Ancient World Fighting Arts

This program will explore fighting tactics of the ancient world in both personal and large scale combat. Examples of this type of study include the fighting arts of the Greek hoplite soldiers both as individual combatants and as a part of a phalanx formation. Training will be conducted following historical precedent, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. This program will also allow for experimentation with various forms of ancient arms and armor. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Medieval Fighting Arts

This program will explore fighting tactics utilizing weapons common to the early Dark Ages through the late Middle Ages. While the main focus of this program will be on interpersonal combat, some larger scale troop tactics will also be explored. The primary focus of this program will be sword and shield, longsword, dagger, and archery but other forms of weaponry (pole weapons, axes, etc.) will also be examined. Training is conducted following historical precedent, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period training manuscripts will be integral to this program; however training will not follow any one particular “style” or “system” but rather be an overall look at the use of these weapons. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Renaissance Fighting Arts

This program will explore the fighting tactics common throughout the Renaissance, examining both the fighting arts of the professional fighting man as well as those of the duel. The primary focus of this program will be on sword and buckler, rapier and dagger, longsword, and dagger/knife fighting but other forms of weaponry will also be examined. Training is conducted following historical precedent, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period training manuscripts will be integral to this program; however training will not follow any one particular “style” or “system” but rather be an overall look at the use of these weapons. This program will serve as an excellent basis for those who wish to seek further, more indepth training in any of the particular styles under a recognized historical fencing master. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Early Modern Fighting Arts

This program will explore fighting tactics from the end of the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Primary focus will be on individual combat, although examination of military fighting systems will be included to an extent. The core focus of this program will be the use of saber (predominantly military saber but some exploration of dueling saber), smallsword, and spadroon as well as the use of the bayonet. Various forms of knife combat will also be explored, with a focus on the Spanish/gypsy knife cultures of the era. Training is conducted following historical precedent, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period training manuscripts will be integral to this program; however training will not follow any one particular “style” or “system” but rather be an overall look at the use of these weapons. This program will serve as an excellent basis for those who wish to seek further, more in-depth training in any of the particular styles under a recognized historical fencing master. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Fighting Arts of the Gladiator

This program examines the techniques and training of gladiatorial combat from a practical, martial perspective as opposed to choreographed recreation. Training is conducted following historical precedent, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. This is a progressive curriculum that allows students to continually evolve and progress through comprehension of combative principles and elements that are unique to this system of fighting. As students progress they will be able to experiment with various forms of weapon styles and be able to choose a style on which to focus. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions and gladiatorial contests will be part of the training regimen.

Early American Fighting Arts

This program is a specialized focus program that looks at the various fighting styles of Early America. This program is further separated into specific categories, each focusing on a unique area of combat: Fighting Arts of the Longhunter – This program examines the fighting tactics of the longhunter (Euro Americans living on the fringes of society) and how interaction with Native American peoples influenced a unique system of fighting. The primary focus of this program will be on the use of the tomahawk, war clubs and knives, with some exploration into other weaponry of the period (such as black powder/muzzle-loading firearms). Training is conducted following historical precedent as much as possible, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen. The Bowie Knife – This program will explore the tactics of the Bowie knife as well as other large bladed knives common to the period. The influence of various other cultures on the development of American knife culture and differences between Northern and Southern approaches will all be closely examined. Training will be conducted following historical precedent as much as possible, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen. Fighting Arts of South and Meso America – This program will examine the various fighting styles of South and Meso America, with the initial focus being on the fighting arts of the Aztec and Mayan cultures. This program will be continually growing and expanding with continual research and experimentation. Training will be conducted following historical precedent as much as possible, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Historical Maritime Combat

This program will examine shipboard fighting tactics from the Golden Age of Sail. The tactics of both naval and private (pirates, privateers, etc.) entities will be examined. The primary focus of this program will be on the cutlass, spadroon, boarding axes, and various knives but other weapons will also be explored (such as pikes, slungshot, black powder weapons, etc.). Training will be conducted following historical precedent as much as possible, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions and simulated boarding actions will be part of the training regimen.

Celtic Fighting Arts

This program will explore the fighting arts of Celtic culture, primarily focusing on the techniques of the Scottish Highlands as well as Irish stick fighting. As time progresses other areas will be added to this program. Scottish Fighting Arts – This program will examine the use of the Scottish broadsword/backsword as well as its use with the targe and dirk. Training will be conducted following historical precedent as much as possible, with the advantage of modern training gear where appropriate. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen. Irish Stick Fighting Arts – This program will focus on the use of the Irish cudgel and walking stick, and will explore some of the different stylistic approaches to these weapons. Exploration into the faction fighting of the early to mid-19th century will also be a major element of this program. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Victorian Fighting Arts

This program will explore various martial systems practiced during the Victorian era. These will be separated into specific categories. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen. Classical Pugilism – This program will explore pugilism and its development into modern boxing. Cudgel/Singlestick – This program will explore the use of canes, walking sticks, and the like as a weapon, as well as the use of singlestick as both a training device and a sporting pastime. Bartitsu – This program will explore the techniques developed as part of the Victorian mixed martial arts approach developed by Edward Barton Wright, following the specific design of his system.

World War II Fighting Arts

This program will examine the fighting arts taught during World War II, with the primary focus being on those techniques developed by Fairbairn, Sykes, and Applegate, with some examination of other instructors of the era. These techniques will be examined primarily as a historical martial art rather than for modern self-defense. The use of period manuscripts and research will be integral to this program. Regular sparring sessions will be part of the training regimen.

Projectile Combatives Laboratory

The Projectile Combatives Laboratory (PCL) is a program that will examine several various forms of projectile combat through various historical eras. Focus will primarily be on archery, but also spears, javelins, throwing axes, and other projectile weapons. Workshops will be conducted in a specially designed area to ensure maximum safety while at the same time allowing practitioners to engage in a realistic simulated combative situation rather than static, target -based practice.

Tactical Defensive Concepts

TDC is a comprehensive close quarters based fighting system that utilizes a variety of martial arts to create a modern, real world selfdefense and combative system. The focus of TDC is reality based as opposed to competitive and sport based systems. The TDC system is taught with an emphasis on concepts and thorough understanding of principles rather than the mastery of a rigid set of specific, stylistic techniques. This allows for a system which is adaptable to a variety of situations and environments as well as allowing the individual practitioner to develop a more natural, comfortable combative approach by utilizing individual strengths and natural body response in addition to the development of new skills. This allows for a system that is more practical and realistic for high stress situations. In addition, TDC is also an excellent conditioning and fitness program that will help the practitioner maintain physical fitness while acquiring vital skills. TDC is separated into unarmed and armed systems, with each blending into the other to give a highly effective, comprehensive system. The realities of high stress, self-defense situations as well as the legalities of such actions will also be discussed and examined. Regular sparring sessions are an integral part of this program. Due to the nature and subject matter of this course, participation is limited and at the discretion of the instructor. TDC Unarmed Combatives – This program focuses on unarmed combatives utilizing techniques that are designed to be easily learned, quickly developed, and effectively applied in a variety of self-defense scenarios. This system is also designed to greatly reduce the advantages a physically stronger opponent may have. TDC Knife Combatives – This program focuses on the use of both fixed blade and folding knives, as well as countering against opponents armed with knives and other weapons. Different types of knife designs, carriage, and accessing the knife are thoroughly examined. TDC Stick Combatives – This program focuses on the use of sticks and stick like objects (sticks, batons, canes, bats, etc.) as well as countering opponents armed with various weapons. TDC Improvised Weapons – This program examines the use of normal objects (pens, bags, scarves, etc.) as improvised weapons. How to realistically and effectively apply these items as well as how to develop a sense for applying these skills to other random objects will be examined in this course. TDC Firearms Combatives – Due to the nature of this course, participation is highly limited. Contact us for more information. TDC Women Only Course – All of the above courses are also offered in a Women Only format for those who may be uncomfortable with coed courses of this nature due to the physicality of the course and the extreme close proximity of many of the techniques. However, male instructors and assistants will be present.

Military and Law Enforcement Combatives

These programs are designed to teach advanced combative practices to military and law enforcement personnel, with additional training such as room clearing, group tactics and similar topics. Contact us for more information.

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