Who We Are

At High Desert Armizare (Italian for “Art of Arms”) we are dedicated to the study and recreation of historical martial arts. Our current areas of focus are:

*Zach Wylde’s 18th Century English smallsword, broadsword, staff, & wrestling.
*Daniel Mendoza’s 18th century pugilism (boxing) system
*Guiseppe Cerri’s 19th Century Italian great stick.

We encourage our students to explore and study on their own as their own passions dictate.


Here is the broad outline of 2022-23
September – November: Cutting Mechanics; single hand weapons
December – February: Knife & Empty Hand
March – May: Point Mechanics; polearms & smallsword
June – August: Bastone


Alex Spreier – Instructor

Alex has been studying martial arts most of his life.  He began studying historical swordsmanship in earnest in 2005 at the University of Oregon. He trained at Northwest Fencing Academy in Eugene, OR focusing on Fiore dei Liberi’s Armizare, foil and epee in the Classical Italian school, and I.33 sword and buckler. In 2015 Alex opened High Desert Armizare. Alex has taught classes at WMAW (Western Martial Arts Workshop), and Swordsquatch.

Sean Mueller – Instructor

Sean is a true martial arts polymath. He joined HDA in 2015 having already spent many years studying Joachim Meyer’s combat system. Alex converted him to the Italian side of things. Sean has also spent many years studying judo, and Insular broadsword systems. He has recently dived deep into studying the 19th century great stick (armpit length walking stick) of Giuseppe Cerri. Sean has taught classes at Swordsquatch.