Carosella 2019: More Workshops, More Fun!

The Carosella Schedule is coming together and should be in its final form soon.  In the meantime, here are some highlights! Friday 27 September Intro to Mounted Combat Ballet at the Barn Grappling and Pommel Plays Working Equitation Swordplay from the Falsemount Horsemanship Level 1 Mounted Sparring Equine First Aid Beginner Riding Saturday 28 September…

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Carosella 2019 is Just a Month Away!

Carosella our three-day multi-disciplinary Mounted Arts symposium is coming up at the end of September.  From the 27th through the 29th, Cornwall Ridge Farm will be host to two full days of workshops, clinics, lectures, and demos, followed by a fun and friendly tournament on Sunday.

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After Fundamentals – Approaching the Green Cord Curriculum

Chances are, if you’re a member of Academie Duello, you started your path to mastery the same way I did: choosing a fundamentals class, learning the basic concepts of your chosen discipline, earning your green cord, and receiving your Academie Duello black binder upon conclusion of the course. Then comes the next step: transitioning from…

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A Language for Fighting

Language is what makes memorization possible. Memorization is what makes analysis and improvement possible. Technical jargon can seem like a burden when you’re first learning a martial art. European martial arts in particular have dozens of guard names, positions, attack types, and terms for movements of the sword and body. It can be daunting when…

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Summer Fun at Cornwall Ridge

Summer’s in full swing here at Cornwall Ridge, and there are plenty of opportunities to swing a sword and ride horse with us.  Start with the Mounted Combat Arts Intensive coming up in a week’s time, join us for a playday on August 4th, and get back into the saddle with weekly adult classes or week-long kids’ camps.

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Which Sword Though?

If you’re anything like me, then the reason you walked through the door at Duello was probably because you peered through a window one day with childlike wonder, fascinated at the scene before you. Rows of people, faces expressing the same glee I felt, all swinging swords at each other. I remember feeling, with absolute…

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Lord Baltimore’s Challenge Event Report 2019

At the beginning of July I had the pleasure of once again being a Ring Director, Judge, and Instructor at Lord Baltimore’s Challenge in Washington, DC. This event aims to be a meeting of Historical European Martial Arts practitioners from HEMA clubs and from historical re-enactment backgrounds (primarily the Society for Creative Anachronism). The focus…

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Overcoming Negativity

Hello there! My name’s Dan, I’m a green cord student of 9 months at Academie Duello. I’ve been offered the opportunity of creating content for the school’s blog for the foreseeable future, focusing on bringing you updates on all things sword related. This week, we look at overcoming one of the most formidable opponents out…

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