Swordplay Training Videos for July 23 to 29

This week at Academie Duello we are looking at a fundamental strategy with the rapier, known as the True Fight; we are exploring deceptive attacks with the sidesword, designed to draw the opponent out of position; and we’re employing the blow or strike with the side of the staff and learning how to counter them.…

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This week in class at Academie Duello – Vids

This post provides links to videos for every lesson we covered in the Mastery Program at Academie Duello for July 16 to 22. This week Green Cords (level 1) learn about control of the opponent’s sword and take advantage of their opponent’s movement to strike. Blue Cords (level 2) continue their work on provocations by…

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This week’s swordplay videos on Duello.TV

Welcome everyone to a new week in swordplay at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV!  We just celebrated Canada day this past weekend by participating in the Vancouver Canada Day Parade. We had more than 60 fighters with longswords, sideswords, rapiers, and bows fighting their way through the streets of downtown. There’s no better way to…

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Instructional Videos for this week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV

Welcome to another week of curriculum at Academie Duello. We have had a lot of interesting things going on including a tournament this past weekend that featured competitions with the longsword, sidesword, and rapier for beginners and advanced practitioners. We haven’t put out our own official recap yet (we’re editing lots of video) but you…

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Sword fighting videos for this week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV

Welcome everyone to another excellent week at Academie Duello and Duello.TV. This week we have some exciting news to report — we have over 250 videos on Duello.TV about over 40 hours of content now available. We’re also nearly all the way through creating lessons for our full Mastery Program calendar, which means we’ll be…

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The $99 WMA Library

Back in the spring, Clint reminded us about the importance of reading – and understanding – the texts necessary to progress within the Academie Duello ranks.  Further, as an Instructor, he also reminded us of the importance to read, and possibly re-read the required texts whenever we have new experiences or knowledge.  Reading should not…

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Sword Fighting Lessons on Duello.TV This Week

As of this week on Duello.TV we have over 250 videos posted! We have content on longsword, sidesword, rapier and dagger, cloak, buckler, and more. It’s been exciting getting to this stage and we’re looking froward to bringing even more cool stuff soon. This month all three levels of the Mastery Program are focusing on…

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What’s on your head?

When it comes to head protection, most of us use fencing masks, whether we’re fighting with rapiers, knives, longswords, or anything else. Anyone who’s done this for a while, however, will be well acquainted with the idea of mask failure. All masks have a limited lifespan: over time, and with repeated blows, the mesh loses…

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This month at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV

Rank examinations have just finished up today for the Mastery Program with two new Blue Cords entering the ranks. They have a whole new set of topics to look forward to as we roll over into the next month of curriculum at Academie Duello. Green Cord – Rapier and Offhand This month in Green Cord…

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Resources for Newcomers

Hey everyone,   We have another guest blogger this week. Ivan Sim has been teaching the Taste of the Renaissance program for several months now.I asked him to put together a blog post directed more towards our newer students though in truth it’s just as valuable for veteran students. Catch Ivan Saturdays for some fun sparring and…

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I am slowly going crazy

I wanted to write today on the interplay of speed between two people drilling together.   Occasionally when a pair of students work on a set play at slow speed one of the pair may opt to move quicker than their partner. There are several reasons why this may occur: they’re already familiar with the technique…

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SLOs: Sword Like Objects

No matter how much fun you’re having, foam swords are not swords. Wasters, Foils, and S(word)L(ike)O(objects)s Sword simulators, specifically for longsword and arming/side sword, fall into three categories: wood, synthetic, and steel. There are, of course, some gray areas that don’t fall directly into these categories, such as bamboo trainers built around some manner of…

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Thursday Drilling Recap: Rapier Collection Drills

Every Thursday I get together with a few of my senior students and we work on drills, sparring exercises, and body mechanics.  Generally I have us stick to fairly fundamental exercises.   I personally just love working on fundamentals and have found that this is always where the greatest opportunity for improvement lies, no matter…

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Your two jobs

Regardless of what kind of combat you’re in, you always have two jobs defend yourself position yourself to strike and strike Job 1 is easy. Wild swings can easily knock aside opponent’s attacks but they leave you poorly able to deliver a strike of your own (or defend yourself from your opponent’s second strike). That…

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