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Shooting from the Saddle: Horseback Archery Returns May 7th

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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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Being an Empowered Learner: Know Your Learning Style

Posted on by devonboorman

Your learning is only based partly on the effectiveness of your teacher. It is largely based on your own personal effectiveness as a learner. Good teachers should certainly help you on this journey, but the more you can help yourself, the more you stand to gain in each of the learning situations of your life. On our recent DTV Livestream,…

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Switching to Summer Hours at Red Colt

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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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There’s More to HEMA than Tournaments

Posted on by devonboorman

I have fought in a lot of tournaments, and for a while that was what really lit my fire when it came to Western Martial Arts. There was a certain attraction to the intensity of the environment, the training program beforehand, and then winning a prize or a medal was pretty exciting too. However, as in any practice, over time…

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How Do You Foster Safety In Martial Arts?

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Though safety may seem boring, uncool, or like an unnecessary consideration, it is a vital foundation for pursuing excellence in martial arts in both the short- and long-term. Having a solid approach to safety in your group is important for retaining members, keeping your body healthy, and for creating the space for experimentation. At Academie Duello, safety is a core…

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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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The Pursuit of Learning Should Not Be Partisan

Posted on by devonboorman

It is easy to fall into the idea that there are right approaches and wrong approaches, true paths and false paths. If your group does things one way, if you've invested your time in one path, it can be difficult to allow that those who practice a different system, approach, or have invested in a different strategy, may also be doing something…

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What is Mounted Combat Mastery?

Posted on by jenniferlandels

A new path to Mastery?  Well, and old one really, but one we've renamed it.  Weekly Mounted Combat classes are now known as Mounted Combat Mastery, and you can use the same tuition credits you use for Rapier and Longsword Mastery classes.  Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to get you up to speed. Q: Who…

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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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The Longsword DVD is Finally Here!

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More than two years ago, I got together with Greg Reimer, a group of other Duello students and a filmmaker to lay down the footage for a new DVD: Introduction to Italian Longsword. After two years of post-production problem solving it is finally available to the public!! This DVD is an efficient and thorough approach to how I teach the use…

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