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The Mounted Combat Progression

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The last item on the falsemount checklist for the Blue Spur is Demonstrate the mounted combat guards and show their use. To review the 13 mounted combat guards take a quick look at this video: http://vimeo.com/18491582 You don't need to know all the many uses of each guard, or the alternate names, but should be able to demonstrate at least…

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Be Disarming

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Swordplay from the Ground: Armed Grapples and Disarms Sometimes, despite having a yard of steel in hand, the best option is not to "stick'em with the pointy end."  Whether its because you are too close for blade play, or because you're worried that slicing your opponent open will devalue him on the ransom market, the best option may be a…

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Up Close and Personal: Grappling from the Ground

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Swordplay from the Ground: unarmed grapples Wrestling was a large part of knightly combat, both from the ground and horseback.  Not only did grappling provide a non-lethal method of taking hostages, it was sometimes the only option left when a knight had been disarmed, or when an opponent was too close for swordplay. In the Blue Spur checklist we ask…

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Shedding Season*

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*Forgive the pun.  I know all you horsemen out there are eagerly looking forward to this type of shedding: For that you'll have to wait for Mother Nature's good graces.  Today though, we're looking at Swordplay from the Ground: Shedding the Blade The Blue Spur curriculum requires you to Demonstrate shedding the sword while standing firmly and while moving forward…

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The Three Turns of the Sword – Blue Spur

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Swordplay from the Ground: turns of the sword In the Green Spur checklist we ask you to demonstrate the three turns of the sword, ie, the volta stabile, the mezza volta and the tutta volta.  These are described in this post from last year, so first go back and familiarize yourself with the turns. For the Blue Spur we want…

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Winning the Crossing

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Blue Spur Curriculum: Swordplay from the Ground The Mounted Combat checklist for the Blue Spur has five sections: Swordplay from the ground Swordplay from the falsemount Spear fundamentals Mounted games Knowledge In the next few months on the Tuesday blog we'll be covering the checklists for the first two sections, looking at the swordplay requirements from the ground and falsemount,…

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Over, Across & Around: turning the sword

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Swordplay from the Ground: the three turns of the sword The last of the swordplay skills you'll need to demonstrate for your Green Spur is an understanding of the three turns of the sword.  These turns have the same names as the turns of the body, which makes them easy to remember. It may be helpful to review the cuts…

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Meeting with Swords

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 Swordplay from the Ground: Crossing the Sword in Front and Behind For the Green Spur there are only two ways you need to worry about encountering your opponent's sword: from in front, and from behind. Crossing in Front This is most direct and natural way of preventing your opponent from striking you. As she delivers her cut, you move your…

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Cutting: Fluid Mechanics

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Swordplay from the Ground: Cutting Mechanics & Timing In previous posts I discussed the eight lines and the three points of origin (shoulder, elbow and wrist) of cuts.  To make your cuts effective, however, you need proper body mechanics and timing of hand and foot. Timing of Hand and Foot A cut is most powerful when it lands on its…

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Getting the Point to your Opponent

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Swordplay from the Ground: The Four Thrusts of the Sword The knight's sword was not just a cutting weapon.  A well-aimed thrust delivered with the impulsion of a moving horse was a deadly combat technique.  It was also an effective attack from the ground. [caption id="attachment_9818" align="alignright" width="220"] Imbrocatta[/caption] There are four basic types of thrust, defined by the orientation…

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