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Ramón Martínez is a teacher of classical fencing and historical fencing. He studied classical fencing with the late Maître d'Armes Frederick Rohdes in New York for ten years. Maître Rohdes was one of the last fencing masters to teach fencing as a martial art. During that time Mr. Martínez became assistant and protégé of Maître Rohdes and was the only one of his pupils permitted to teach with full authorization at the Rohdes Academy. In late 1982, shortly before his death, Maître Rohdes conferred the rank of Fencing Master on Mr. Martínez.
As a Fellow in Residence, Aston Magna Academy (Rutgers University), Mr. Martínez delivered the papers "La Verdadera Destreza," pertaining to the Academy's theme, "Cultural Cross - Currents: Spain & Latin America, ca. 1550-1750"; "From Fencing to Fandango: Dance in Imperial Spain" (Fencing and its Relationship to Dance in Imperial Spain) along with Dance Master Alan Tjaarda Jones; and "The Common Vocabulary of Dancing and Fencing in Seventeenth Century Spanish Texts" along with Alan Tjaarda Jones, Zaravanda Dance Company.
In all, Maestro Martínez has devoted over 26 years to the study and teaching of classical fencing. He has also done extensive research in historical fencing. Many of the most prominent masters of the past centuries left elaborate, highly detailed manuals of the systems and styles which they taught. Maestro Martínez has spent years carefully and thoroughly researching in these manuals in an effort to accurately reconstruct these varied styles. These ancient forms are then taught as authentically as possible to those of his students who are interested. Maestro Martínez' goal is to teach, promote, and preserve this rare martial art.
Maestro Martínez has given particular attention to the study of the Spanish system of swordsmanship and has spent 15 years in intensive research and study in order to reconstruct this generally misunderstood system. Although he has been teaching this system at his school for many years, he unveiled it to the public for the first time at the Aston Magna Academy which was held at Rutgers University during the summer of 1995.
To fully understand the old Spanish treatises on swordsmanship, it is essential to comprehend the mindset, character, culture, religious, philosophical, and political environment in which this school developed. It is also requisite to have academic training in classical fencing with its applications in personal combat. As with other period treatises, it is not enough to just read and/or translate them. Maestro Martínez has clarified past the modern myths and misconceptions that have created a completely erroneous view of this school. He presents the Spanish system in a more comprehensible form to students coming from a modern frame of reference.
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