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Less Function, More Art.

Posted on by Jon Mills

So, let’s get this down on paper first. I hate the word functional. It’s not a problem with the word itself, it’s that like the words “natural”, “healthy” and “fitness” it has become virtually meaningless. Every time someone uses the word functional, ask them the question “functional for what?”. Most of the time they won’t be able to answer, or…

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Spring Season Sword Press: News for April 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

Most sports require a novice to spend a lot of money to equip themselves with those pieces of kit necessary to start learning the basics of the game. (European football and ultimate Frisbee perhaps being the exceptions here). Ice hockey, lacrosse and American football require significant equipment commitment before the first timer can safely set foot onto the field. It…

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Shooting from the Saddle: Horseback Archery Returns May 7th

Posted on by jenniferlandels

We're delighted to welcome back Robert Borsos of Borsos Torsz Horse Archery for another day of workshops on Sunday May 7th!  The Beginner workshop is suitable for riders and archers of all levels from those who've never held a bow or sat upon a horse on up.  The Intermediate workshop is for those who have taken the Beginner course previously…

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Switching to Summer Hours at Red Colt

Posted on by jenniferlandels

It's that time of year again!  As the furry coats are shedding out, we shift our class times to take advantage of lingering daylight.  This means Riding & Horsemanship classes move to Saturdays from 4pm onward, starting this Saturday, April 22nd.  Mounted Combat mastery classes and Mounted Combat Fundamentals remain on Sundays starting at noon.  That means you get not…

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Zero: How Starting From Nothing Builds Success

Posted on by Jon Mills

We often do too much from a fear of doing nothing. We don’t give ourselves enough time to think about what we do because that’s when doubt can creep in. The problem with never really embracing this zero state is that often we do too much and never do anything well. If we constantly need to try to maintain habits then…

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Book Review: “Cut & Thrust – European Swords and Swordsmanship” by Dougherty

Posted on by Major Wes

This recent inclusion to the HEMA body of common knowledge is very much a 'beer and peer' book. That is to say, you can open the book into most any chapter, and find a statement or assessment that should lead to intelligent debate among your knowledgeable sparring partners. In ‘Cut & Thrust’ Martin Dougherty describes his take on how the…

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There are No Shortcuts; Just Dead Ends

Posted on by Jon Mills

I recently had a discussion on social media about this particular item: They are a kind of cutesy self defense device being marketed to women. Now, these are stupid, illegal, and unlikely to even offer an advantage in a self defense scenario. Not only that, but they are explicitly sold as a weapon, and therefore would probably mitigate any claim…

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How You Can Resist Being a Gym-Bro

Posted on by Jon Mills

I have made this statement many times, but never in print. But let’s face it, it’s a hard thing to quantify and I can only speak from my observations as a weightlifter, a martial artist, a coach, an ex-nightclub bouncer, and a man who has never really found a place in traditional masculine roles. The biggest problem for women in…

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Ask for Support, Not Instruction

Posted on by Jon Mills

Say that your car has broken down. You go ask your friends for recommendations of a good mechanic. You don’t ask for recommendations on how to fix it yourself with zero automotive knowledge, and then do your best to follow the instructions on what “worked for them”. Health and fitness are weird. You can do the wrong thing enough. And…

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Is Sugar The Root of All Evil, Hellbent on Destroying Us All?

Posted on by Jon Mills

No* Sorry to disappoint, but as much as we want to hate on a particular foodstuff, it’s really not, because the fact is food is not good or bad. Nor is it evil, “clean”, healthy or pure. Food is food. A better question than whether something is “good” or “healthy” is does this suit my goals?   The problem with…

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