Announcing Duello.TV

On March 1st we will be launching a new Academie Duello website: Duello.TV. This is the evolution of the Academie Duello learning channelon youtube, that we have been experimenting with over the past 6 months. This will be a subscription based online fencing academy that will give users access to a library of organized lessons…

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Do your homework!

You’ve all heard it (well, those of you attending class).Homework abounds at Academie Duello. Every rank in the Mastery program was assigned homework for the month of January. The homework we’ve assigned has two specific qualities simple: it can be explained easily in a sentence or two quick: it doesn’t take long to do; about…

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Solo Insights

I’ve gained some insights lately, specifically in longsword play that I thought I’d share. These all came from self-diagnosis, which is crucial for learning and is best done during your practice sessions when you can direct your own exercises. First, credit goes to Sean Hayes, Devon and Roland for their individual contributions and to me…

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Slow work

I know you’re probably wondering about all the great ideas that came out of Sean Hayes’ workshop this past weekend. In truth there are many, but, I thought I would instead write about slow work and the things to keep in mind when you’re practicing slow work.Here, then, are my seven rules to doing slow…

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Molasses

Some words on going slow today.  Those of you were at Longsword Focus (Mon @ 5:30; Wed @ 12:00) were given homework: cut 30 fendenti and accompanying falso riverso sotanifor a week. It’s really easy to do; 30 cuts takes about 1 minute.  If you’re going fast.  And, if you’re only concerned about going fast…

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Off-hand drills

No big news today.  Just thought I’d share another drill. It’s from this past month’s Green Cord curriculum.  The patiente stands in terza. The agente makes strikes to the patiente, who defends against them primarily with the off-hand, unless it makes super-good sense to defend them with the sword.  For added complexity: The agente can…

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