We’re Still Going Strong!

Greetings Academie Duello members, friends, and followers! It’s been a while since we posted to the blog. I’m sure you can understand that we’ve been a bit occupied as have all of you. It’s about time that we reach out to all of you and let you know that we’re still alive and swinging! On…

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Double the Swordplay Opportunities at Cornwall Ridge

Good news!  For those of you who want more swordplay practice and who can’t make it downtown, there are now swordplay classes almost every Sunday at Cornwall Ridge.  Mounted Combat Mastery continues to run twice a month, and now Mounted Combat Fundamentals has a twice monthly section open to apprentice level (green cord or green…

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Swordplay Symposium Early Registration

The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium is taking place March 6th to 8th, 2020 and this year’s theme is our most exciting yet: East Meets West! We’re bringing together the martial arts traditions of countries from across the globe in the spirit of collaboration and learning. This year we have 10 intensives in 5 paired tracks…

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Getting Back in the Saddle for 2020: 5 Easy Exercises for Equestrians

Classes start up again on January 12th after our December hiatus.  If you missed our Christmas playday and therefore haven’t been on a horse since November … or perhaps even longer … here are some quick exercises and stretches to prime your body for riding once more. Five Easy Exercises for Equestrians Plank.  Core strength…

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Happy New Year 2020

Greetings Academie Duello friends and family! I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a special 2020. It is pretty amazing to me to be moving into the second decade of the new millennium already. Academie Duello marked its 15th anniversary in 2019 and it has been…

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One Mindful Breath: Minimum Viable Commitment

Sometimes the most you can muster is a single mindful breath. And sometimes that’s all the meditation you need. One set of crunches. One line on your manuscript. One walk around the block. We often overestimate what we can accomplish in one day, while we underestimate what we can accomplish in five years if we…

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Learning How to Fight Tactically with the Robot Game

This post originally appeared on our online learning portal: Duello.TV. One of the more challenging leaps to make in combat martial arts is the move from a largely symmetrical combat environment (where everyone is largely from the same school and trying to do the same techniques) to one that is broader and more chaotic. This…

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SERFO 2019 Event Report

Last week I was an instructor and director (referee) at the South East Renaissance Fencing Open (SERFO) in Atlanta, Georgia. This excellent event was put on by Keith Cotter-Reilly of the Atlanta Freifechters and David Coblentz of Decatur School of Arms and their respective crews. This is definitely one of the smoother and more professionally…

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The Riding Level 1 Curriculum

Over the spring and summer I’ve put up posts detailing the requirements for our Horsemanship Level 1.  If you read through those posts, look at the relevant chapters of the Manual of Horsemanship, and attend at least Horsemanship classes in which you have the opportunity to practice handling, grooming and tacking up, you have a…

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Mounted Combat Autumn Schedule

Now that we’ve had a week off after Carosella 2019, it’s time to get back in the saddle again!  If you were inspired by the demonstration of riding, horsemanship, and mounted combat skills on display, now’s your chance to get back in the saddle. All classes take place in the indoor arena at Cornwall Ridge…

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