Honor, Virtus et Potestas

Members’ Testimonials

mike-roeArmsman II, M. Roe: “Art of Combat European Martial Arts is a great learning environment focused on bettering one’s self, and on historical accuracy in its exploration of medieval combat. Here you can also build long-lasting relationships built on trust.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Armsman I, N. Laney: “I’m a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo and spent 3 years as an assistant instructor, but my time at Art of Combat European Martial Arts is by far the most rewarding martial arts experience I’ve had. Not only am I being physically challenged but I have personally grown more in my time here than I have anywhere else. I have been a member for several months, and I am an Armsman I, but in that time I have done and grown much and already feel as a welcomed part of this group. I eagerly look forward to everything ahead of me, and I am blessed to be able to be along side these great men.”

 

 

20160924_104850Armsman I, K. Laney: “At sixty years of age I thought the opportunity to train in any kind of martial art was gone forever, but that was not true. Our H.E.M.A. (Historical European Martial Arts) class has given me back the excitement of my youth. I look forward to it every week. And the bonus is I get to do this with my son.”

 

 

 

 

 

20150822_104032Archery SGT., T. Bryant, S.C. Chapter Instructor. He is also a Black Belt in Taekwondo, Goju Ryu Karate, and Kobudo, and is a U.S. Army Veteran of Afghanistan : ” I have been a member of Art of Combat European Martial Arts since December 2013. Joining A.O.C European Martial Arts is one of the best decisions I’ve made! Training with this organization has improved my physical fitness, confidence, and I’ve made lifelong friends. The camaraderie among this organization is unparalleled in the martial arts world and the training, although demanding, has been the highlight on my weekends!”

 

 

 

 

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Kelsey B., a student in our McClennan Community College classes, European Martial Arts I and II. She also holds a Black Belt in Karate. “Br. Jeff Webb is a fantastic teacher. I was struck right away with his friendliness, knowledge and skill. Not only is he an expert in actual sword-fighting, his knowledge and passion reach deep below the surface into the history of this ancient art. His respect for the past and his historical insights added depth to my own learning experience. Br. Jeff taught his students a lot, but he always made sure we were comfortable with each technique with plenty of review. It NEVER got either boring or too fast-paced. H.E.M.A. is fun, physical, satisfying, and meaningful.”

 

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Aubrey M., college student and a student in our McLennan Community College class, European Martial Arts II. “Willing to get sweaty and improve your precision skills? Although this is a big part of learning H.E.M.A., to me it is much more. It is an athletic art filled with wonderful history and an open book of options concerning skills and techniques. It is definitely something I am willing to continue with in the future.”

 

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Armsman II, J.L., “I had 4 years of rapier training and I wanted to branch out to develop a better understanding of weapons combat. Art of Combat European Martial Arts teaches a wide variety of sword styles along with other weapons such as pole arms. They use original sources and we sometimes study them during training sessions. A.O.C. helped me develop my own personal style of combat and gave me a better understanding of the art of swordsmanship.”

 

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Armsman I, Benjamin L. “I am truly blessed to be a member of Art of Combat European Martial Arts. It is fantastic to be a member of this organization which researches, teaches and practices the historical techniques of European Martial Arts. H.E.M.A. is simultaneously physical and intellectual; improving mind, body, and character. But most importantly it has introduced me to amazing friends who I look forward to seeing every weekend. And that is the best part about H.E.M.A.: Being able to study and spar with friends who enjoy the Art of Combat as much as I do. You can find no better friends than those who will stand in a battle line with you, and no better instructor than Grand Master Webb.

 

 

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Free Scholar, John Dunwoody. “I am a Free Scholar with Art of Combat European Martial Arts. I have been studying with Brother Jeff for a decade. As I have done this I have seen the birth and growth of this organization. A.O.C. European Martial Arts is certainly a unique experience, especially for anyone in the area. At Art of Combat, we not only teach the execution and use of weapons and empty handed techniques, but we also help encourage each other in our faith and in life. This is a wonderful environment because we never put anything higher than God, but we also make sure everyone feels welcome and enjoys learning. From new novices to the founder himself, everyone gathers together here to learn and have fun doing so. I have gone through many changes in ten years, but A.O.C European Martial Arts and its members have been a constant source of joy and support for me. In addition to the support of fellow members, the A.O.C. has an atypical learning method that really makes it shine in my eyes. While you learn the form and techniques passed down from the Masters, there is a constant emphasis placed on the sparring. Through sparring a person refines their technique to its most practical and gains higher honor as laid out by Sir Geoffroi De Charny. Finally, the importance of learning not only the combative arts of the time, but also studying the code of conduct and the peripheral works of the time is wonderful and brings a new life into the arts that we study. Overall I have never found another school quite like this one and I have benefited greatly from my time here.”

 

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Mr. Joseph Hamilton, Black Belt in Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu and Armsman I at Art of Combat European Martial Arts. ” I’ve been studying martial arts for over 14 years. I am a black belt in Sil Lum Kenpo Ryu and I am in the process of bridging the gap between what I learned from A.O.C. and my Asian hand to hand combat style into a sword system of my own. One of the more formative parts of that journey has been with A.O.C. During my training there I solidified my knowledge of range, timing, conditioning, and power. The effectiveness of the sword combat training there is in my opinion at this time, unparalleled in the world of martial arts. This comes from not just looking at the source material, but continually testing the mettle of the techniques in active sparring situations. Whether it be one on one or one against many, in the end you know you will have an arsenal of techniques ready to deal with any situation effectively and efficiently.”

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