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Warrior Fundamentals – Week 3

Posted on by Angella Bedard

Day Five I have a confession to make. I was neither able to attend Class 5 nor was I able to take advantage of the evening classes to make up for it. What’s a sword-fighting student to do? Thankfully, my trusty blade-wielding comrades filled me in on the general content for the class, and, wonderfully, I was able to absorb…

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Beginning Swordplay, Part Three

Posted on by Niamh Devereux

Week number three had me intrigued. Longsword was finally starting to make sense to me but now we were moving on to a new weapon? This could go either way. Longsword had been difficult at first, but the more time I spent on it, the more sense it made to me. Learning something new at this stage could be challenging, but…

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A Cool New Addition to the Duello Library

Posted on by devonboorman

This Monday, Academie Duello was the proud recipient of one of 100 new reproductions of the I.33 Fechtbuch produced by Extraordinary Editions in cooperation with the Royal Armouries of the United Kingdom. I.33 is a very important manuscript as it is the earliest surviving European sword fighting manual, most likely dating to sometime in the early 14th century.  It features…

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Video Lessons: Defenses Against the Cut; Longsword Thrusts; Cutting Hands

Posted on by devonboorman

Because of the holiday our last week of curriculum for the year has come a week early. This week we conclude our work on rapier cuts, sidesword cutting, and the core defences of the longsword. In Longsword Focus we look at cutting to the opponent's hands and next week we'll look more thoroughly at how to keep the hands safe.…

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Video Lessons: Recovering Cuts, Sidesword Lines; Longsword Defenses and Counter-Cutting

Posted on by devonboorman

This week we're going to be using the cut to get ourselves out of some challenging situations. With the rapier at level 1 (Green Cord), we're going to be using a cut to regain control of the opponent's sword. At level 2 (Blue Cord) we'll be building our precision and fluidity in sidesword cutting. At level 3 (Red Cord) we're…

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Video Lessons: Stringere via the Cut, Sidesword Shield Positions; Longsword Quadrant Defenses and Counter Cutting

Posted on by devonboorman

We're into the second week of our month on cutting at Academie Duello. This week we're exploring the use of the cut to control the sword of the opponent (Green - level 1), the use of the buckler with the heavier sidesword (Blue - level 2) and the core defences of the longsword against various attacks (Red - level 3).…

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Swordplay Videos this week: Counter-attacking, Second Assalto, Longsword Wrestling

Posted on by devonboorman

Welcome to this week in training at Academie Duello. In our training at the studio we are looking at counter-attacking as a method of defence (Green Cord), the second assault of sidesword (Blue Cord), and how to enter into grapples with the longsword when you've lost the crossing (Red Cord).   On Duello.TV we have created a new featured videos…

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Duello.TV Videos for This Week!

Posted on by devonboorman

This is a momentous week for Duello.TV and Academie Duello: We recorded the last videos of our entire Level 1 to 3 curriculum! This project began mid-last year with us diligently recording classes each week as they were taught and it's amazing how quickly it has all built up.  We're already hard at work recording new content including new material…

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Swordplay Training Videos for July 23 to 29

Posted on by devonboorman

This week at Academie Duello we are looking at a fundamental strategy with the rapier, known as the True Fight; we are exploring deceptive attacks with the sidesword, designed to draw the opponent out of position; and we're employing the blow or strike with the side of the staff and learning how to counter them. Green Cord (Level 1)  …

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This week’s swordplay videos on Duello.TV

Posted on by devonboorman

Welcome everyone to a new week in swordplay at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV!  We just celebrated Canada day this past weekend by participating in the Vancouver Canada Day Parade. We had more than 60 fighters with longswords, sideswords, rapiers, and bows fighting their way through the streets of downtown. There's no better way to celebrate Canada's birthday! This week…

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