End of the Year

The Institute has not slowed down as we approach the end of the year. In October we held a fight day, and the Bolognese Grappling seminar.

The Bolognese seminar was a comparison of grappling techniques with dagger, single sword and Spadone.

December saw the last fight day of the year. There were some new people attending for the first time and some participants we hadn’t seen in quite a while.

Although there are still classes going on, we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and we will see you all next year!

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Messer Seminar

lauren messerOn July 15th, Coach Paul taught a six hour seminar devoted to the Messer. The first half of the class focused on fundamentals. Students then sparred with the weapon. The second half consisted of focusing on disarms, wrestling, and some techniques used just to show off! We ended the day with more sparring. Despite the heat, everyone persevered. Attendees have asked for additional seminars with this weapon, so stay posted for the next one.



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New Video!

Coach Paul just released a video of one of his favorite new drills.

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Coach Paul’s Birthday Challenge

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Captain America Challenge

Fight Day on June 23, saw Coach Paul return to his birthday challenge. For the challenge, Coach Paul fought a 2 minute round for each year of his life. In addition, his challengers got to pick the terms of the fight, weapons, no weapons, and even when in the day they would face him. As always some challengers came up with some very interesting contests including a Captain America bout and a Kiai fight. In 3 hours, Coach Paul successfully fought all 48 fights. Thanks again to all who participated and those who came to watch the fun.


The List of fights!

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Teacups, Halberds and Etherblades!

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Sierra in the Etherblades Tournament

The weekend of May 27 Coaches and students from the Tosetti Institute returned to Clockwork Alchemy, a steampunk convention held in Santa Clara.

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Coach Melissa’s self defense class

Coach Melissa and Sierra Cirimelli-Low taught a self defense class using parasols, hat pins, teacups and various weapons available to the Victorian woman. Coach Paul and Kevin Gibbons presented a class on the Bolognese pole arms.


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Coach Paul’s Pole arm class

Sierra Cirimelli-Low also competed in the Etherblades tournament and for the second year in a row took second place!

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New News – Finally

Due to Internet gremlins, a lot of time has gone by without an update. The Institute has been plenty busy though and here are some of the highlights.

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Fight Day

Fight Day has continued to grow and become a favorite event at the Institute, so much so that a few changes have been made. First we now have an EMT on site for the event. Thankfully, he’s stayed bored. Second the event is now held every other month and the time has been extended to 3 hours.

Coach Tim Anderson

Coach Tim Anderson came back from Virginia and taught a weekend seminar on Knife and Tomahawk. His seminars continue to be very popular and we look forward to having him return.

Professor Nicolas Saignac

Professor Nicolas Saignac taught a game changing Savate seminar that left everyone exhausted from the movement drills. Like with Coach Tim, we look forward to having Professor Saignac return.

Coach Paul

Coach Paul held numerous seminars this year including:
• Flexibility & Stretching
• Kicking from the Basics to the Extreme
• Four Night of Pole Arms series
• Attacking Intelligently in Unarmed Combat

Coach Fred Kaye

Coach Fred Kaye taught two seminars this year devoted to the use of Indian Clubs for the Martial Artist. We hope to create a series of these events to get people to even more advanced uses of the clubs.

Coach Tom Badillo

Coach Tom Badillo taught numerous seminars this year from Rapier and Dagger to lightsaber training. Tom is an integral part of the Institute.

Coach Jeff Lin

Coach Jeff Lin taught an Intro to Grappling series for those interested in trying out the sport.

HEMA Tournament

The Institute held its second and third HEMA tournaments. Our 3rd HEMA tournament saw the addition of a new division, the Partisan which was far more popular than we anticipated.

Wheel of Doom Tournament

The Wheel of Doom!

The Wheel of Doom!

This year saw the unfortunate passing of Ken Pfrenger, a HEMA and Martial Arts Instructor. In an effort to help his family, we held our first ever Wheel of Doom Tournament which utilizes a random weapon selection. This was a very silly and popular event which will rear its head again.

Women’s Longsword Tournament & Rookie Longsword Tournament

We held our very first Women’s Longsword Tournament in conjunction with a tournament for Rookies to help introduce HEMA tournaments to new competitors.

Fitness Challenges

The fitness class held three different Six Week Challenges. The results were impressive with students increasing their fitness by 30% or more. Look for the next fitness challenge starting soon.


Many of our students and coaches competed this year in a variety events of from HEMA to Grappling and even Half Marathons. Congratulations to all who participated!

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3rd Annual Tosetti Institute HEMA Tournament

Saturday, March 4, 2017 12 pm – 5 pm20824_928589880532206_6058896216496038202_n

Sign up Information: Coming soon

3 Events : Longsword, Partisan, and Sidesword and Secondary weapon

There will be minor modifications to the rules this year they will be announced soon.

Location: https://instituteofmma.com/contact-information/

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