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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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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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Excellence, Machismo, and Hardcore Training

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Let me say first that I am all for the pursuit of excellence. Challenging yourself to be better is daunting, daring, and rewarding. On this road, you must find the edges of your comfort, push beyond your physical limitations, and surmount many an emotional hurdle. And though much of this is truly hard, little of it is "hardcore". Physical Excellence…

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Give What You Can Spare; Keep What You Need.

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How long is a workout? A better question is how long do you have? In a conversation with a student this week, the subject of giving 100% came up and how they were training. Due to illness and stress, they were not training at the capacity that they had previously been at. They were happy though that even though the…

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Walking the Path – Reflections on VISS 2017

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"At their heart, martial arts are a solitary path. No one can walk that path for you." I'm paraphrasing one of many great bits of wisdom shared by Mark Mikita, a 50-year martial arts practitioner and teacher, at his talk on longevity in martial arts at the 2017 edition of the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium (VISS). One of the beautiful…

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Be Flexible in Your Training Needs

Posted on by Jon Mills

If you attend the gym a lot, you will see that some people spend their entire time frustrated. They pace back and forth, hassle people about when they will be done with a piece of equipment they need, and just generally don’t seem to be having a good time. They have needs, they have a schedule,  and don’t we know…

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Bow to Authority! Seek Professionals to Maximise Success

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I am not someone who defers to authority easily, but often the difference between success and failure can be our willingness to trust a professional. We waste a lot of time and a lot of headspace on self-teaching. This is an important and valid part of any process, but most people delay, hinder, or even sabotage their goals just by…

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5 Martial Arts Conference Survival Strategies

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This coming weekend is the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium. This is a three day weekend of martial arts workshops, intensives, sparring, socializing, and more. Over the past 20 years, I have attended my fair share of conferences both as a student and as a teacher across disciplines of eastern or western origin. These events are amazing opportunities for learning and…

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Focus on Disaster: How to Use Impending Doom to Set Training Goals.

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Functional training is all the rage but how often do we actually question whether our training is, in fact, functional? Not “Functional™” but functional. Could you lift a log, climb a rope, throw a punch, carry a wounded person or wrestle an assailant to the ground if you needed to do those things in a life or death situation? Chances are…

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30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge Review

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At the end of January, we finished up the fourth 30-for-30 Swordplay Challenge. The Facebook group this year had over 250 members with reports coming from at least 100 of them throughout the entire month. I enjoyed reading posts from practitioners throughout the world with varying levels of experience and coming from different backgrounds and disciplines. I took some time…

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