Video Lessons: Rapier constraint, deception, and contra-tempo, Longsword precision and drills

This week on DuelloTV: Green cords (level 1) are moving into the strategic side of the rapier with classes on Stringere and responding to the opponent, Blues (level 2) focus on the foundation of the Deceptive Fight, and Reds (level 3) on contra-tempo and how to defeat it. For our longsword focus we are moving…

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Video Lessons: Longsword Fendente Precision; Rapier Finding & Gaining, Offline Movement, Mezzo Tempo

Welcome to the first full week of November. This week we are including the first of our new longsword series that follows our technical focus classes. In these classes we run on a 6 month cycle of themes: 1. Precision, 2. Crossing, 3. Giocco Stretto, 4. Tempo and Provocation, 5. Guards, 6. Defeating Guards. Last…

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Class Videos: Rapier Mechanics, The True Fight, Using & Defeating Prima Tempo Strikes, Spadone Cutting

It’s a new month of curriculum at Academie Duello. Our focus this month is on Fundamentals pretty much all the way around. Mastery program classes at all three levels are working on single rapier foundations; longsword class is focusing on precision and posture in all the attacks; and Sidesword focus is working on the fundamentals…

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Where’s the error?

I was doing some drills with a fellow student last week and noticed an interesting phenomenon. The drill was as follows: Agente controls Patiente’s weapon Patiente disengages to strike Agente strikes in contratempo I was the Patiente for the drill. I gave my partner a few tries to get warmed up in the drill and…

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Video Lessons: Defeating the Offhand, Rapier-Dagger in all tempos, Dagger Strikes Pt. 2, Sidesword Cutting

We’re into the last week of our rapier focused month at Academie Duello. Green cords are countering offhand parries, blue cords are exploring the diversity of rapier and dagger plays that can be found in each tempo, and red cords are concluding their unit on striking with the dagger. Also to keep your sidesword work…

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Video Lessons: Rapier and offhand, advanced rapier guards, disarms, and posta di donna soprana with longsword

This week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV we’re looking at advanced techniques for the unified defence of rapier and offhand (green cord), the 5th and 6th rapier guards with dagger (blue cord), and employing the dagger within disarms (red cord). We also have some longsword exercises that pertain to some of the exercises students…

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Lesson Videos: Rapier offhand, dagger, and disarms as well as sidesword cutting

This week at Academie Duello we’re deepening our study of the rapier with further use of the offhand, dagger, and disarms. We’re also checking in regularly on our work with the sidesword, this week with a series of excellent cutting exercises.  Meanwhile we’ve started shooting new longsword content from our Longsword Focus classes. So look…

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Two of my favourite things

I really enjoyed this particular post of Randy’s. And not just because he’s writing about cats; there are a few gold nuggets to talk about.  The first is practicing what you’re not good at. Ignoring techniques that that you find challenging mean certain defeat when an opponent tries it on you (whether they’re aware that…

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Duello.TV for October 1st: Rapier offhand, dagger, and disarms, plus longsword sequence

It’s the turn of a new month so again our curriculum focus shifts. This month Green Cords (level 1) will be learning to use their offhand to support their defence, Blue Cords (level 2) will be stepping into the fundamentals of Rapier and Dagger, and Red Cords (level 3) are working into rapier disarms with…

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Swordplay Videos this week: Counter-attacking, Second Assalto, Longsword Wrestling

Welcome to this week in training at Academie Duello. In our training at the studio we are looking at counter-attacking as a method of defence (Green Cord), the second assault of sidesword (Blue Cord), and how to enter into grapples with the longsword when you’ve lost the crossing (Red Cord).   On Duello.TV we have…

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Video Lessons: Rapier disengages, First Assault of Sidesword, & Longsword Wrestling

This past weekend saw a contingent of Academie Duello instructors and students at the fine Armizare Academy event in Racine, Wisconsin. Workshops focused on the Italian combative system of Fiore dei Liberi (a fencing master from 14th century Italy) which is part of the heart of the Academie Duello syllabus. There were fine instructors from…

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Rapier Receiving, Sidesword Guards, and Longsword Thrusts

Welcome everyone to another week of Duello.TV. This week we have videos on the rapier receiving, sidesword guards, and longsword pressure sensitivity and we’ll be continuing with all three weapons throughout the month. This week at Academie Duello several of our instructors are preparing to go to Armizare Academy in Racine, Wisconsin. Devon Boorman will…

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Who’s gotta practice?

We had rank examinations in the Mastery program just this past Friday. Congratulations to all who tested, whether you succeeded or not.  Congratulations to you because you have each put in a lot of effort to achieve level that you’re at. For those readers not aware of how the Mastery program works: students must meet…

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[Videos] Rapier, Sidesword, and Longsword oh my!

It’s September already!  Many of our students in Vancouver are heading back to University for their new year and many old faces return after summer vacations. It’s a great time to get back to fundamentals. This week we are focusing on rapier movement fundamentals, cutting technique with the sidesword, and core skills of giocco stretto…

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Duello.TV: Recovering with Cuts and Refused, Double Sword Defence, & Longsword Cutting

Welcome to your training for this week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV. Green cords continue their work on cutting, in this week using cuts to recover from bad positions; Blues recover from disadvantaged positions by passing back into refused; and Reds will be using two swords to cover against powerful cuts. Green Cord (Level…

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Duello.TV Videos for This Week!

This is a momentous week for Duello.TV and Academie Duello: We recorded the last videos of our entire Level 1 to 3 curriculum! This project began mid-last year with us diligently recording classes each week as they were taught and it’s amazing how quickly it has all built up.  We’re already hard at work recording…

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