TRADITIONAL ITALIAN KNIFE AND STICK SEMINARMaestro Roberto Laura (A.S.A.M.I.R) returns to Chicago -- and the USA -- for the first time in four years to share with us the traditional fighting arts of southern Italy. This dynamic workshop will build skills from the ground up for students new to these beautiful old traditions, and refine them for those who have trained in them before.KNIFESouthern Italy produced a rich knife culture, both in the elegance of its long, straight folding blades, and the means by which they could be employed in combat. In this workshop compare the dueling knife school from northern Apulia (Cavilieri d'Onere) and the knife traditions (La Fiorata and Ruotata) from eastern Sicily regarding:• Techniques• Tactics• Psychology• Philosophy• Cultural background (dueling vs. street encounter)SHEPHERD STICKThe simple staff is a weapon of surprising power and elegance, taught in southern Italy through a series of solo "rules" or "figures" meant to convey different tactical lessons, and then paired exercises.In this workshop we will cover true traditional intention of all the basic figures within the different stick schools from northern Apulia and eastern Sicily, including its application fighting versus multiple opponents.
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