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The Trouble with WMA

Oh Western Martial Arts…

It has been mentioned elsewhere that us guys at Scatha Combat Guild have distanced ourself from the distinction as a Western Martial Arts school. That is because we are, first and foremost, a plain old fashioned Martial Arts school. It is true that our curriculum includes techniques and theories that were originally derived from the study of aged manuals, but following in the footsteps of the ancient masters isn’t our intent. The WMA label no longer suits what we are. We no longer teach Marozzo, or Capo Ferro, or Fiorre. Everyone is different, and no one style derived any one master will work for every student we have. Martial arts is about adaptability, finding what works best for each of us. The dogmatic recreation of specific individuals simply doesn’t allow for that.

And, frankly, I could do without ever having another debate about the interpretations of oft-cryptic texts. Fencing manual arguments, and the ego that goes with them, just bore the hell out of me these days. So, that is that. No historical labels for us, we focus on the training not the research. There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in WMA’s philosophy.

That said, our derivative sword work is second to none, but our approach of contemporary. Historical weapons and techniques tempered with modern, in-depth physical training. Has anything ever resembled being a superhero more than this? I like to think not.