Golden Gate School of Arms
Instructor At Arms Benjamin Bowles founded the Golden Gate School of Arms in 2014 to serve the San Francisco Bay Area. Instructor Bowles, a Bay Area native, learned classical fencing at Humboldt State University from Provost Antone Blair. Classical fencing is very different than sport or Olympic fencing as it is practiced as a martial art and discipline. The weapons are fenced as if they were sharp and manipulated as an agent of defense. The training of true swordsmanship to learn discipline, respect, control and mastery is as important today as always. The school seal and logo is an armet, or closed helmet, in homage to Instructor Bowles’ master’s master, Frederick Rohdes.
Golden Gate School of Arms teaches a living tradition of fencing arts descended from master to student since the 19th century. Instructor Bowles learned fencing and instruction through Maestro Ramon Martinez and Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez, both of the Martinez Academy of Arms in New York City. Maestro Martinez was conferred the rank of Fencing Master in 1982 by Maître d‘Armes Frederick Rohdes. Maître Rohdes trained under several notable masters, among them Maestro Luigi Barbasetti and Aurelio Greco, though was conferred the rank of Fencing Master by Maître d‘Armes Marcel Cabijos. Each master has preserved a living art of combat unchanged since the 19th century.
A School of the Martinez Academy of Arms Network
The Golden Gate School of Arms is a fencing school under the Martinez Academy of Arms. There are seven independent schools in the network around the united states. There are also two collegiate programs taught by Martinez Academy instructors at Humboldt State University in California and SUNY Purchase College in New York. The instruction at any of the network schools will be identical to the Martinez Academy of Arms. The schools and their students often congregate, compete against, and support each other as “brothers and sisters in arms.”