2013  Yearly Archives

Wishing you a Horsey New Year

Posted on by jenniferlandels

2013 was a fabulous year in the Cavaliere Program, full of new endeavours such as Mounted Archery, Carosella, and the first ever Green Spur Tournament.  We're looking forward to a newyear with even more combat, more archery, and more fabulous events. Enjoy yourselves tonight as we bid farewell to 2013! [caption id="attachment_9343" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Remember: Don't Drink & Drive![/caption]  

Posted in Mounted Combat, News, Programs |

Christmas Clashes Sword Press

Posted on by Major Wes

Christmas-time traditions differ across the world.  In Russia, December appears to be the time when you get together with good friends and exchange carefully selected and personally delivered blows across their armoured body!  There is a lot of Russian press and blog activity which leads Us to believe that the winter season is when Our Slavic peers sort out who…

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Have Any Fitness Resolutions?

Posted on by devonboorman

We’re just a couple days from New Year’s and, I’m sure like many of you, I have been reviewing my goals for the coming year both mental and physical. One of my main physical goals last year was to make some significant progress with removing pain from my body in a few nagging areas -- I’m proud to say I’ve…

Posted in Personal Development, Programs |

The Rapier Wit

Posted on by David McCormick

I can't say enough good things about my alma mater: Rapier Wit studio in downtown Toronto. FDC Fight Master Daniel Levinson runs the longest-running independent stage combat school in Canada. After taking a one-semester stage combat course in university, I was looking for more opportunities to learn stage combat, and I was so fortunate to be close enough to study…

Posted in News, Stage Combat |

Keeping up the Practice Regimen over the Holidays

Posted on by devonboorman

So I'm away visiting family in Victoria, BC during the Holidays. I enjoy holidays not really as a chance to get away from working but as an opportunity to work on things I don't normally get a chance to focus on when I'm at the Academie. On this trip I'm focusing on writing, editing (I'm nearly done the edit of…

Posted in Adult Swordplay, Personal Development, Programs |

Horsey Yule!

Posted on by jenniferlandels

In this season of kindness and giving, please remember: don't roast your chestnuts ... ... give them carrots and a good grooming instead. Happy Yule to you and yours!

Posted in Mounted Combat, News |

Christmas Sword – Sword Press

Posted on by Major Wes

 We’re going to deviate from our usual introduction of the subsequent HEMA/WMA press by going straight to ‘swords as symbols’ … symbols of Christmas actually. Christmas? Fidelity, yes. Strength, absolutely. Honour, generally. But a Christmas related virtue? Specifically, those of compassion, generosity and humility? One version of the Christmas Sword is attributed to the story of St Martin of Tours. …

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5 Strategies of Bartitsu

Posted on by David McCormick

If one approaches Bartitsu as a series of tricks or techniques, one merely has to choose the correct response for the situation. This begs the question: How does one correctly assess the situation? For effective self-defence, a person must not only repeat effective movement patterns, but use them when the time is right. Tactics and strategies in fighting are often…

Posted in Bartitsu, News |

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Young Swordfighter and Sword Enthusiast

Posted on by devonboorman

This year I have been asked to dive into the treasures that the Academie Duello store has and to pick some some of the awesome and unique things that we have available for the young sword fighter (or swordfighter to-be) and history enthusiast on your holiday list.  As a youth instructor, I like to think I have an idea of…

Posted in News |

How to Return to a Passion After a Break

Posted on by devonboorman

Being a long-term instructor of anything means that you see a lot of students come and go and in many cases come again. It's these returners who often have the biggest challenge in being in the learning environment. These are the students who come back with a great passion and then become quickly despondent and depart again, often forever, after…

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