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The Arts of Mars Historical European Martial Arts Academy has been established by Colin Richards with the aim of researching into the long lost martial heritage of Europe. This research has been inspired by the many years of interest in historical combat in the form of re-enactment, and recently in research into facsimiles of old texts from libraries throughout the world. The main direction of the research currently involves the comprehensive Combat Treatise from the 15 century written by Fiore Di Liberi, a minor noble who became the Fencing Master of Nicoli Di Este, Duke of Ferrara in Northern Italy. There are three extant copies of this treatise, each one being different in some way to the other. The copy, found at present in the Getty Museum in USA, has detailed text in medieval Italian and drawings, and after analysis contains a complete martial system for combat on foot and on horse.
The 4 Animals
We are four animals with these traits.
He who wants to battle should measure with us.
And he who has a good portion.
He will have honour in battle, according to the art.
The Tiger - Speed (Celeritas)
The Lynx - Prudence (Prudentia)
The Lion - Courage (Audatia)
The Elephant - Strength (Fortitudo)