Welcome Message from our Maestro
want to personally welcome each of you to our website and
to the Mississippi Academy of Arms. The Mississippi Academy
of Arms is my Salle d'Arms. I run it very much like the original
traditional fencing salles of the historical
and classical eras. I teach the traditional Western martial
arts, utilize the traditional teaching methodologies, and
All of the Instructors and Assistant Instructors
at the Academy love Classical Fencing,
practical methods of self-defense and games
involving the development of strategy and tactics, like Chess
(Go). We have dedicated many years of our lives
to the study and teaching of these arts and have been blessed
bunch of students who have become like a family
to us. We hope
too will come
to understand and enjoy these arts and the traditional
values as much as we do.
Academy offers two main tracks of instruction,
Western Martial Arts and Practical
Self-Defense, each of
which have several martial arts, with their own sub-arts
and complimentary activities. You can read more about each
these by linking to them from the main page. However, right
now I want
to tell you briefly what makes us different from
other fencing clubs and what sets apart from the modern
As a Traditional Fencing Academy, our focus is on the original historical
and classical martial arts of swordsmanship, not the modern competitive sport
version. Unlike modern sport fencing clubs where the primary goal is competing
in tournaments, beating people, winning medals, and increasing one's USFA
rating, the goals of traditional fencing schools are self-improvement, character
building, and perfecting one's ability to perform the original fencing techniques
which allowed Aristocratic gentlemen to survive real duels with sharp swords.
Traditional Fencing is the only type of fencing which still preserves the
character of a courteous and honest encounter with sharp swords between gentlemen.
The Mississippi Academy of Arms is the only source of Traditional Fencing
instruction in Mississippi.
In our School of Practical Self-Defense we apply this same philosophy.
Our focus is not on unrealistic katas based on animal movements, nor
on sports competition. Our goals are not to learn how to
score points in a karate match or win tournaments. Instead, our focus
is on self-improvement and our goals are to develop good character traits
learning a viable
means of self-defense which anyone can use quickly, intuitively and effectively
on the street in a real attack. The
Mississippi Academy of Arms is the only source of Goju-Shorei Weapons
instruction and Eskrima instruction in Mississippi.
The most important thing I want you to know is that in fencing and
other martial arts, as in life, the real winner is not the person who
person who defeats his own inadequacies, who develops self-discipline
and self-control over his own thoughts, tongue, attitude, and actions.
to continually improve himself to become a better fencer or martial artist,
and more importantly a better person, by developing the traditional Christian
and character traits of honesty, integrity, courtesy, reliability, loyalty,
patience, perseverance and genteel manners. Who chooses to live his life,
in all he does, both public and private, honorably in accordance with
this code of conduct. This is the true meaning of The Code of Honor.
Code of Honor fencing and other martial arts are reduced to a mere
sport with no inherent life-changing values to contribute. That's why
Honor to be paramount
in my salle and why I have committed my life to producing in my
students this type of winner at the Mississippi Academy of Arms.
too highly regard and aspire to these ideals or want to see
them developed in your children then we extend to you this
welcome to join the Mississippi Academy of Arms and walk
with us down the 'ancient paths and along the good ways' "
Rez Johnson, M d'A
"Teaching in the manner that
the Master taught."
you have any questions after perusing these pages please contact
me and I will reply as soon as possible.