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Event Report: Lord Baltimore’s Challenge

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I had the pleasure this past weekend of being a judge, ring director, and instructor at Lord Baltimore's Challenge in Washington, DC, an event put on by David Biggs and a large crew of people from diverse groups such as Maryland KDF, Virginia Academy of Fencing, and the DC-area SCA chapters. David's goals with the event were to: Focus on…

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Event Report: Vancouver Martial Challenge 2018

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On the weekend of June 1st, 2018, Academie Duello hosted our third annual Vancouver Martial Challenge. This is a weekend focused on the joy of sparring in a relaxed and collaborative environment. Each day all of the participants endeavour to spar with one another (in a diversity of disciplines) and at the end of each day we vote for the participant…

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A New Provost!

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This past weekend, I had the special honour of seeing one of my senior students, Matheus Olmedo, elevated to the rank of Provost (the fourth level, just before Master). I wrote about what was involved in this gruelling two-day ordeal in last week's post. It was a superb thing to be a part of, along with my fellow examiners Maestros…

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Duelling with Cause 2018

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Duelling with Cause returns on Friday, June 8th 2018! House Stark stood upon the stage of last year's event victorious. Now they challenge the fighters and supporters of the great opposing houses to return to Academie Duello to fight for honour, fun, and charity! Join Academie Duello and Mission-Possible for one of this year's most unique and exciting charitable evenings…

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Festive Easter Sword Press News for March 2018

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[caption id="attachment_21131" align="alignright" width="200"] Steal my eggs? This'll teach you![/caption] “The duel took place on Easter Eve, and Herr von Kotze was slightly wounded and taken to hospital. The next morning he received the congratulations of the Kaiser and an Easter egg, …”[1] Ah yes, Easter Bunnies with blades Hares and HEMA Rabbits …. well, you get the idea! Sting…

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Book Review: “Irish Swordsmanship” by Miller

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The Masters of Fence? Who came to your mind first? Ridolfo Capo Ferro of Italy? Hieronimo de Caranza of Spain? Joseph Swetnam of England? Richard Sheridan of Ireland? Wait a minute … Who? From Where? [caption id="attachment_20966" align="alignright" width="200"] Not your ‘sinsearachs’ swordsman!(University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo)[/caption] A Broad Overview If the latter country, let alone the personality,…

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Youthful Sword Press News for February 2018

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[caption id="attachment_20912" align="alignright" width="150"] Boy's armour c1610Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds[/caption] “A characteristic of adolescent games is that they are preparation for adult games and sport. Organized tournaments, for instance, were for adults, but adolescent males began to train for ritualized or real fighting. The city fathers were against such training, because … it would simply lead to a disruption of…

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Book Review: “British Naval Swords & Swordsmanship” by McGrath & Barton

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Cutlasses. A lot of people talk about cutlasses, but nobody does anything about them. [caption id="attachment_20757" align="alignright" width="79"] Authentic Navy 1860 CPO Cutlass[From US Military Swords Online][/caption]Few people in society practice a form of HEMA; and of those, even fewer are sailors. Which could account for the dearth of credible information on historical cutlass combat within our community. British Naval…

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Unapologetic Sword Press News for January 2018

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Dawn came to Marylebone Fields and found Albemarle and his second waiting with swords and pistols. Townshend arrived late and apologized. "Men of spirit don't want apologies", said the 'showy man'. "Come, let us begin what we came for."[1] Yes, we’re late with both January ‘and’ December, Allons-y ! Release the Kraken! THE GUARDIAN (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) 24 January…

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Happy New Year & New Year Challenge

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Happy New Year everyone from all of us at Academie Duello! Thanks for being part of our community and helping us provide a place where people can push out of their comfort zones, do fun and exciting things, find confidence and strength, become fitter and healthier, and meet great new friends and supporters. We have lots of fun plans for…

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