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Member of the
Group classes and private
instruction held in Jackson, Madison, Ridgeland, & Brandon.
Academy of Arms
Youth Fencing Class
Rez Johnson and several of his Homeschool Class fencing students.
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 defeats another human opponent, but rather the person who defeats
his own inadequacies, who develops self-discipline and self-control
over his own thoughts, tongue, attitude, and actions. Who aspires
to continually improve himself to become a better fencer or martial
artist, and more importantly a better person, by developing the
traditional Christian virtues 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. Without
this 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 I consider this Code of 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.
If you too
highly regard and aspire to these ideals or want to see them developed
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."
so eloquently stated in the above quote from our Maestro, Mr.
Rez Johnson, the Mississippi Academy of Arms seeks to build
not only better fencers, but more importantly better people. These
high ideals of chivalry, honor, and integrity are a major focus not
only in our adult classes but even more so in our children and
youth classes where they are taught through object
lessons and examples which directly apply to both fencing and to
Fencing is a fun activity which is well suited to boys and girls
of all ages, levels, abilities, and disabilities. In addition
to being a fun and exciting activity, classical fencing is a "superb
form of exercise, which builds endurance, strength, flexibility,
and the capacity to relax under fire. It improves coordination, while
benefiting both circulation, and respiration. Mentally it is as stimulating
as chess, enhancing observational skills and the ability to think
abstractly. Ultimately, fencing blends both mind and body into an
effective whole. Fencing also develops self-confidence, self-control
over one’s own reactive nature, and patience."*
Most people recognize that fencing is a great form of physical
of it's chess-like strategy fencing exercises the brain too. Students develop
higher levels of alertness, concentration, and the ability to think strategically.
children and youth who do not enjoy team sports are discovering
fencing as the perfect physical activity
personality and play preferences.
The Academy has a special Junior Fencing Program for
7 - 12. They learn the original Classical
Foil progression which was taught in the
1800s at the French Fencing Academies. Along the way they earn colored
sword belts to mark their progress. Students who complete the full
their Junior Black Belt in Traditional Fencing.
Weapons studied include: Classical French Fleuret, Classical French Sabre,
Historical English Quarterstaff (remember Robin Hood and
Little John fighting with staves over the creek).
Academy also offers a special class during the day
just for Homeschoolers who's parents have discovered that fencing is
a great substitute
for PE class.
The first Kid's Class is always FREE so that you and
your child can make an informed decision about signing up for further
you have any questions or would like for your child to try out a
class free of charge, please contact
Johnson, the Headmaster of the Mississippi
Academy of Arms, has been teaching classical
fencing to children and youth in Mississippi since 1980. He has taught
fencing to over one thousand children through his weekly children's
class and through eight annual Summer sports camps. He has also
introduced fencing to several thousand children and youth
intro courses, and school demonstrations.
are quite fortunate to have such a qualified Classical
Fencing instructor in the Jackson metropolitan area. I
have been especially impressed with Rez’s patience
with his students, and with his calm nature. He provides
a wonderful example of honesty, courtesy, and respectfulness;
and I hope that John, my son, will learn some of these qualities
from him." S.W.
|"Joining the Academy has perhaps been the best decision
I have ever made. The training I receive there not only makes
me a better fencer, but a better person altogether. I get to
meet and work with the finest people and receive some of the
best instruction anywhere. Mr. Rez, in addition to being a fine
Christian, is a very kind and patient maestro. I have never had
a dull or boring class, and I learn something new every time.
Fencing is quite often the highlight of my week, but it's not
just the training I look forward to (which by the way, is unbelievable
exercise). It's the principles and values I learn there, and
in turn apply to my everyday life. A bout or match is quite often
won; on your honour, meaning we don't cheat or lie just to win.
We also learn perseverance, because you don't become a fencing
master overnight. You have to work at it, and have a true passion
for what you do. The members of the Mississippi Academy of Arms
have that passion." M.S.
* Quote from "The Art & Science of Fencing" by
Nick Evangelista, a book we highly recommend to all fencing students
persons interested in learning more about Classical Fencing.