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Shoulder to Wrist: three types of cut

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Swordplay from the Ground: Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder Cuts Not only are there eight lines on which to cut, there are three places from which to cut, wrist, shoulder and elbow.  For the Green Spur you are required to demonstrate all three types with the sword in one hand, and wrist and elbow cuts with the sword in two hands.…

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New Year’s Resolutions – Some Words of Advice

Posted on by devonboorman

It's the time of New Year's Resolutions, have you already set yours? Personally I don't set New Year's Resolutions.  Not that I don't like the idea of resolving to do something.  What I don't like about New Year's Resolutions is that they only come once per year. So many New Year's Resolutions are forgotten or abandoned by February and then…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 4

Posted on by devonboorman

Day 4 was devoted to putting everything back on the floor. It looks beautiful, take a look: And again, but with stuff on it! And our lovely north-facing side   And our mirrors with shields. Thanks on Day 4 go to John Manestar (In spirit, he was ill) Devon Boorman Matheus Olmedo Walker Lunsford Greg Reimier John Gudlaugson   The…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 3

Posted on by devonboorman

Day 3 was applying additional coats of the finishing compound. We aimed for as many as we could. Here's what the floor looked like after the first application. There are plenty of dry spots: this was a thirsty floor! Applying the final application. Quite a different look from the last photo! Watching "paint" dry. After the amount of work that…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 2

Posted on by devonboorman

Day two of the flooring was almost entirely sanding. We discovered on Day 1 some uneven sections of the floor where the finish wasn't removed. We needed this stuff gone so it was back to the drum sanders. First, here's the floor at the start of Day 2: To remove the finish without making things too unsightly we sanded on…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 1

Posted on by devonboorman

Over the holidays an intrepid group of volunteers took on the task of re-finishing our well-loved training floor. The floor was installed in late 2009 when we moved in (by another intrepid group of volunteers) so has lasted a good 3 years of almost daily use. With some sections being a little gouged and other sections having the finish completely…

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Happy 2013!

Posted on by devonboorman

Good Morning and Happy New Year! (sorry, was that too loud?)   Since it is far too soon after last night's indulgences to be practising cutting in a safe and responsible manner, I'll eschew wrist, shoulder and elbow cuts for another week.  Instead, sit back in a comfy chair with the hangover remedy of your choice and consider your goals…

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What we’re doing at Duello right now

Posted on by devonboorman

Wondering what we're up to over the holiday? This: Yup that's right we're wrapping Academie Duello in celophane. This is part of a project to refinish the hardwood on our main training floor.  Thank you to everyone who has helped contribute to this project financially at our Christmas fundraiser and by lending a hand.  We'll be in the studio over…

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I’m still dreaming of a white Christmas

Posted on by devonboorman

Well, I can dream, can't I? card and image (c) K Landels 2012 Happy Yuletide, and may all your dreams come true!    

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Fight Yourself

Posted on by David McCormick

Victim control. It is an essential element of stage combat, but often misunderstood, and more often performed badly. It means that when there is physical contact between two actors, the apparent victim is in charge. This principle applies to pushes, pulls, grabs, strangulation, hair pulls, and most falls and throws. Tyler Durdan Take a lesson from Fight Club. The movie…

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