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Bow to Authority! Seek Professionals to Maximise Success

Posted on by Jon Mills

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

Posted on by Jon Mills

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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Changing behaviors: Shape Your Environment to Guarantee Success

Posted on by Jon Mills

Plants grow because the environment is right. Often a seed will sit waiting inert in the ground until the conditions are perfect to give it the best chance of success before it starts to grow. The only difference between you and that seed is that you can change your environment to create the best possible conditions to grow. Success is…

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Warrior Fundamentals – Week 1

Posted on by Angella Bedard

The following is the first in a four-part series from a student contributor.  If you enjoy this and wish to read more from Angella, you can start with her four-part series on her experience taking another one of our introductory courses, Taste of the Renaissance. Day One It feels great to be back at Academie Duello with a sword in my…

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Fighting Like a Mom

Posted on by Claire Ryan

As I write this, my baby daughter is currently asleep in her crib, beside my bed. Behind her, leaning against the wall, is my longsword. I started swordfighting in February 2014. I wanted to learn, but I also wanted to improve my health. My husband and I had been trying for a baby for almost three years at this point,…

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Special Guest Instructor: Bob Charrette

Posted on by kimberleighroseblade

  March is underway which means that the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is almost upon us.  We have a  star-studded list of HEMA instructors and lecturers coming in from around the world.  One of the guests is particularly near and dear to my heart and that would be Bob Charrette.  Not only will Bob be offering a series of lectures during…

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Beginning Swordplay, Part 4

Posted on by Niamh Devereux

The final week of Warrior Fundamentals. It was all coming to an end.  While I was sad that the course was drawing to a close, we finished on a high note -- first, because we had the opportunity to play with polearms, and second, because we finally had the chance to spar, an experience that confirmed all of our hard work had been worth…

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Beginning Swordplay

Posted on by Niamh Devereux

In November, I started classes at Academie Duello. It was a long time coming as most of my friends have either attended in the past or are currently attending, and I had recently begun working there. I decided, for the sake of the full experience, that I'd have to see the school as a student as well as a staff…

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Training the Ranges of Your Ability

Posted on by devonboorman

If you want to imagine your ability to fence as a rating out of 100, it would be impossible to pinpoint an exact score in any kind of meaningful way. To be able to say I’m a 75 and they’re a 70, thus I should be able to defeat them isn’t relevant because its impossible to say where you are…

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AD’s Kimberleigh Roseblade featured in Vancouver Courier today.

Posted on by devonboorman

Check out our very own Kimberleigh Smithbower-Roseblade in the sports section of the Vancouver Courier today.  If you don't live in Vancouver or shun the papery stuff you can check the article out on their website. The article tells the story of Kim's recent trip down to Mississippi where she worked with our friends at Darkwood Armory to design her…

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