The School of Mars

is creating Research on Arms & Armour, Martial Arts, and Martial Philosophy

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Join The School of Mars for articles and videos exploring surviving artefacts from our martial past, fighting techniques from around the world, and the philosophical and spiritual tenets by which The Way of the Warrior was followed across diverse cultures.

The School of Mars is run by specialist in arms & armour and early martial arts, Dr. James Hester. James' exploration of the arts of combat span twenty years and include teaching and performing stage combat for film and theatre, serving as Royal Armouries Curator of Tower Collections at the Tower of London, and writing, lecturing, and leading classes and workshops on weapons and fighting techniques from around the world. In addition to being a scholar of these topics, having been awarded his PhD in 2018 examining medieval European armed fighting techniques, he is also a practitioner of several martial arts including longsword, Wudang Internal Martial Arts, Kobudo, and bayonet fencing. James currently lives in the UK, but travels widely to teach, lecture, and visit fellow martial artists and scholars.


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Supporter
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your support!


 As a token of appreciation, your name will be added to the Roll of Honour on the School of Mars website. 

Patron
$2 or more per month
To my noble patrons, my grateful thanks. 


  • Your name will be placed on the Roll of Honour on the School of Mars website. 
  • Get access to posts and videos 1 week earlier than general release on YouTube and the SoM website. Videos, since they won't be on YouTube, will be presented ad-free. 
Scholar
$5 or more per month
Welcome, gentle Scholars!


In addition to the previous benefits, enjoy:

  • Access to a monthly livestream featuring a talk and Q&A
  • Early access to tickets to in-person workshops
Free Scholar
$10 or more per month
Advance your studies as a Free Scholar.


Get the previous benefits plus: 

  • Access to instructional videos covering the fundamentals of the School of Mars sword curriculum.
  • Suggest topics for future articles, videos, and livestreams.
  • Enjoy a 25% discount on 1 in-person workshop per year.
Scholar Adeptus
$25 or more per month
As a Scholar Adeptus, you can get personal attention in your studies. 


In addition to the previous benefits, you get:

  • Personalised technical feedback. Send up to 1 video per month of you performing techniques yo want to work on. I will review this and write back with detailed feedback, with photos if necessary. 
  • An official School of Mars t-shirt sent to your door. 
  • A 25% discount on all in-person workshops.
Provost
$50 or more per month
To my esteemed Provosts, my deepest gratitude. Enjoy personal training to hone your skills. 


Enjoy all previous benefits including:

  • A 1.5-hour one-to-one training session via Skype 4 times per year (once per quarter).
  • A 50% discount on 1 in-person workshop per year (in addition to 25% off all other workshops). 
Marshal
$100 or more per month only 4 left
The Marshals form the Inner Circle of the School of Mars. Only 4 individuals can occupy this position. 


All previous benefits are yours, including

  • A 1.5-hour one-to-one training session via Skype each month.
  • A 50% discount on all in-person workshops. 
Join The School of Mars for articles and videos exploring surviving artefacts from our martial past, fighting techniques from around the world, and the philosophical and spiritual tenets by which The Way of the Warrior was followed across diverse cultures.

The School of Mars is run by specialist in arms & armour and early martial arts, Dr. James Hester. James' exploration of the arts of combat span twenty years and include teaching and performing stage combat for film and theatre, serving as Royal Armouries Curator of Tower Collections at the Tower of London, and writing, lecturing, and leading classes and workshops on weapons and fighting techniques from around the world. In addition to being a scholar of these topics, having been awarded his PhD in 2018 examining medieval European armed fighting techniques, he is also a practitioner of several martial arts including longsword, Wudang Internal Martial Arts, Kobudo, and bayonet fencing. James currently lives in the UK, but travels widely to teach, lecture, and visit fellow martial artists and scholars.


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Tiers
Supporter
$1 or more per month
Thank you for your support!


 As a token of appreciation, your name will be added to the Roll of Honour on the School of Mars website. 

Patron
$2 or more per month
To my noble patrons, my grateful thanks. 


  • Your name will be placed on the Roll of Honour on the School of Mars website. 
  • Get access to posts and videos 1 week earlier than general release on YouTube and the SoM website. Videos, since they won't be on YouTube, will be presented ad-free. 
Scholar
$5 or more per month
Welcome, gentle Scholars!


In addition to the previous benefits, enjoy:

  • Access to a monthly livestream featuring a talk and Q&A
  • Early access to tickets to in-person workshops
Free Scholar
$10 or more per month
Advance your studies as a Free Scholar.


Get the previous benefits plus: 

  • Access to instructional videos covering the fundamentals of the School of Mars sword curriculum.
  • Suggest topics for future articles, videos, and livestreams.
  • Enjoy a 25% discount on 1 in-person workshop per year.
Scholar Adeptus
$25 or more per month
As a Scholar Adeptus, you can get personal attention in your studies. 


In addition to the previous benefits, you get:

  • Personalised technical feedback. Send up to 1 video per month of you performing techniques yo want to work on. I will review this and write back with detailed feedback, with photos if necessary. 
  • An official School of Mars t-shirt sent to your door. 
  • A 25% discount on all in-person workshops.
Provost
$50 or more per month
To my esteemed Provosts, my deepest gratitude. Enjoy personal training to hone your skills. 


Enjoy all previous benefits including:

  • A 1.5-hour one-to-one training session via Skype 4 times per year (once per quarter).
  • A 50% discount on 1 in-person workshop per year (in addition to 25% off all other workshops). 
Marshal
$100 or more per month only 4 left
The Marshals form the Inner Circle of the School of Mars. Only 4 individuals can occupy this position. 


All previous benefits are yours, including

  • A 1.5-hour one-to-one training session via Skype each month.
  • A 50% discount on all in-person workshops.