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Reflective Sword Press News for August 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

Yes, August. Somewhere following, there are three items that are not necessarily ‘HEMA-heavy’ as they are reflective of some assessments of why people undertake martial arts … including swordplay in various forms. We have one Chinese assessment of what HEMA is, and a Ukraine piece describing how various celebrations of martial arts disciplines can contribute to a deeper understanding of…

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WMAW 2017 Event Report

Posted on by devonboorman

So this past weekend I attended the bi-annual Western Martial Arts Workshop in Racine, Wisconsin. Hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild, this is one of North America's oldest European swordplay and martial arts events. The weekend features workshops, social activities, a feast, and copious amounts of free sparring and sharing between attendees. It's also held at a former neo-gothic seminary…

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Carosella from the Ground up

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Although the primary focus of Carosella is mounted combat, there are many opportunities to increase your martial skills or equine knowledge while keeping your feet on the ground.  And because you aren't using a horse, the cost is only $75 for a full day.  Here are some of the great offerings available on Friday and Saturday, September 8th & 9th.…

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Carosella 2017 is Open for Registration

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Carosella 2017 Registration is now open for Carosella 2017, our three day symposium of mounted combat, archery, and games!  This exciting event, now in its fifth year, consists of two days of workshops on ground and on horseback for all levels of riding, swordplay, and archery. New for 2017 Interested in learning mounted combat techniques from the ground but not…

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Vancouver Martial Challenge 2017 – Report

Posted on by devonboorman

This past weekend, we hosted the Vancouver Martial Challenge at Academie Duello and it was a tremendous weekend of inter-disciplinary sparring and camaraderie. The goals of this event are to: Foster Authentic Martial Combat Inspire Personal Challenge and Growth Create Community Through the Joy of Martial Arts There are many tournaments around the world and the desire is to create…

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Duelling Sword Press News for July 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

In the history of duelling we read the history of of mankind in the development of evil passions, and the occasional display of some redeeming qualities.[1] Last month we had the press assessment that Canada ‘might’ be establishing the legal conditions that would allow us to return to ‘the duel’ as a socially acceptable method of settling our differences. Might.…

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Fashionably Late Sword Press: News for June 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

If the movie ‘Wonder Woman’ has the legs to keep public interest (no pun intended) until October, ‘the’ Halloween must-have costume accessory of choice will probably be a sword sheathed, tied or taped over ones’ back.  Given the amount of imagination out there, we’re apt to see many variations of the theme that night as revelers move from party to…

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Growing HEMA in Istanbul

Posted on by devonboorman

This past weekend, I was teaching in Istanbul, Turkey, a city that was arguably the centre of the western world at one time. It is a city steeped in both European and Asian history. Every site you visit reveals layer upon layer of history that goes back at least 2000 years. This makes Istanbul both an interesting and fitting place…

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An Amazing Swordplay Weekend in Italy

Posted on by devonboorman

A little more than a week ago, I was arriving in Italy to the sala of Roberto Gotti for a special gathering of swordsmen called Giocatore. This was a weekend of martial encounters across disciplines, opportunities to share knowledge, and time to immerse oneself in study and camaraderie. First about Gairethinx Gairethinx in the Lombard language means "Meeting of Spears".…

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Adopted Sword Press: News for May 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

Now about two decades old, the modern study of HEMA is continuing to gain enthusiasts from non-traditional venues. We’re already familiar with our peers in Japan that have an interest in medieval western martial arts, mirroring the western interest in ‘kendo’ and any of the Chinese swordplay disciplines. The item on Romania’s interest in and contribution to HEMA highlights an…

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