La Verdadera Destreza:

The True Art and Science of Spanish Swordsmanship


Ramon Martinez has devoted over 35 years to the study and teaching of classical fencing. He studied classical fencing for ten years with the late Maitre d'Armes Frederick Rohdes in New York, who conferred the rank of Fencing Master on Mr. Martinez in 1982. He has also done extensive research in historical fencing, carefully and thoroughly studying treatises of the most prominent masters of the past centuries in an effort to accurately reconstruct the varied styles. These ancient and historical forms are then taught as authentically as possible. Maestro Martinez' goal is to teach, promote, and preserve this rare martial art.

Maestro Martinez is a member of the Council of Advisors of Swordplay Symposium International and is the current president of the Association for Historical Fencing. He is one of the founders of the International Masters at Arms Federation and is associated with the Federazione Italiana Scherma Antica e Storica and British Federation for Historical Swordplay. He is also a research consultant for the American Society for Chivalric Research.


Maestro Ramon Martinez

Maestro Martinez teaches these skills in short, sequential lessons which include simple drills that illustrate the techniques of La Verdadera Destreza. Because these volumes contain instruction in true combative historical fencing, it is highly advised that you invest in the appropriate protective gear before beginning your training - including fencing mask, chest protector, jacket and gloves.

Production Crew

Front row: David Calhoun (camera assistant); Ed Douglas (director); Patt Paczynski (production assistant).

Back Row: Anthony De Longis (sword assistant)

Maestro Ramon Martinez (Instructor);

Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez (assistant instructor); Mark Petrigac (director of photography).

Not pictured: Chris Lowery (score); Mary Gallien (production designer); Phil Gibson (editor).