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Aug 19 Class Videos: Recovering Control with a Cut, Feints & the Deceptive Fight, Contra Tempo with the Rapier and Longsword

Posted on by devonboorman

Classes are cooking along at Academie Duello this week.  One thing I have been excited about in Vancouver is the increasing number of women in our programs.  We have always had a good ratio of men and women but in last night's Green Cord portion of class we had 12 students and only 2 of them were men. That's pretty…

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This Weeks Classes: Stringere via the Cut, Offline Movement, Using and Defeating Mezzo Tempo, Dui Tempi with the Longsword

Posted on by devonboorman

Hello Everyone,   This has got to be one of my favourite weeks in our Mastery program curriculum but I'm a complete subtleties geek and I love the rapier -- a weapon that is all about subtleties.  In Green Cord (level 1) we're using the cut to stringere the opponent's weapon (perhaps the least subtle of this week's topics). In…

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Curriculum This Week: Rapier Cutting, The True Fight, Primo Tempo with Rapier and Longsword

Posted on by devonboorman

Welcome to the first full week of August.  Our Blue Cord and Red Cord curriculum works on a 9 month rotation and we're back to month 1. In both our calendars this is a month on fundamental rapier. For Reds (level 3) we're working on plays in various tempos and how to counter them. For Blues (level 2) we're working…

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Training Videos June 3: Rapier Offhand Positions, Sidesword Mechanics, Collecting and Giocco Stretto with Longsword

Posted on by devonboorman

Welcome to Duello.TV for the week of June 3rd. The sun in shining in Vancouver and its a great time to train outside. I know that many Academie Duello students are getting into some extra time at the sword as they participate in the 30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge.  If you haven't joined, it's not too late. And you can…

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Training Videos: Mezzo & Contra Tempo Attacks, Countering Refused, Rapier & Baton, Mezzano Cuts and Tactics

Posted on by devonboorman

Welcome to Duello.TV's videos for the week of May 27th! This week 'practice' has been on my mind. Capo Ferro says that swordplay is made up of Nature, Reason, Art, and Practice. Practice being the disciplining of the body to enact the principles of art, that have been identified through reason, and governed by the natural principles of physics. Simply…

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Training Videos: Rapier recovering, Sidesword Covers, Longsword Precision

Posted on by devonboorman

Happy Monday everyone. In Canada we're celebrating Victoria Day today -- seems like a good time to do some swordplay! This week at Duello and on Duello.TV we have a very interesting mix of classes. Green cords are working on getting out of situations where they have lost control of the sword. Blue cords are using the refused postures to…

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Video Lessons: Rapier Cutting Mechanics, Sidesword Provocations, Quarterstaff Postures, Longsword Tempo II

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We have a quadruple threat this month: Rapier, Sidesword, Longsword, and Quarterstaff. Yes some of our most senior students at Academie Duello in Vancouver are having their minds overloaded as they move through a day of classes -- now it's your turn at home to enjoy the same overwhelming sensation. Longsword Focus http://duello.tv/featured-videos/this-week-in-class/ This week we look at how to…

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Video Lessons: Judging Measure, Rapier Voids, Unorthodox Postures, Single Grip Longsword Cutting

Posted on by devonboorman

Welcome to a new year of training and sword fighting!  I hope that everyone has enjoyed their holiday and is ready to get back to their physical training regimes with a newly renewed passion. We are starting off this month we three rapier topics: receiving the opponent (for level 1), voids (for level 2), and unorthodox postures (for level 3).…

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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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Boxing Day!

Posted on by David McCormick

Every day is boxing day for me. It’s just coincidence that in Canada we also celebrate the day after Christmas by the same name. Is it Boxercize? If you’re not taking some punches, hardening your abs for impact, and feeling your fist contacting an opponent (or a heavy bag to simulate one), then you’re doing boxercise, not pugilism. One of…

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