Who we are...

The Ravenswood Academy is a private school that offers instruction in various arts and disciplines, from rapier fencing and piano to history and ballroom dancing. More than a mere classroom setting, Ravenswood offers potential members access to a community of unique individuals and experiences.


Inspiration from the past...

As the 19th century was ending, two institutions would be founded: one in the East, the Jing Wu Athletic Association, and one in the West, the Bartitsu Academy of Arms and Physical Culture. Each one offered members of its community a chance to work together in developing a physically fit body while learning martial skills.

Women of the Jing Wu Athletic Association (above left) and men from the Bartitsu Academy of Arms and Physical Culture (above right) square off to demonstrate a weapons technique.

There was however, more to these societies than physical education;  Jing Wu for instance offered fine arts such as music and calligraphy, while at the drawing rooms of the Bartitsu Academy one received the cultural experience of conversing with instructors from Switzerland and Japan or mingling with members who were politicians or captains in the military. These institutions truly attempted to embody a virtue esteemed in both cultures, a virtue central to the Ravenswood Academy's current philosophy: A sound mind in a sound body.


A modern group...

100 years later, though Victorian Era clubs of artistic and physical culture are long gone, the Ravenswood Academy was never notified, and it seeks to carry on this tradition by offering members of its community a chance to learn together under qualified instructors, often in subjects considered "Old World." For more about the arts we teach, visit our Study page.