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

Posted on by Major Wes

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

Posted on by Major Wes

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

Posted on by devonboorman

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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Merry Christmas from Academie Duello

Posted on by devonboorman

It’s only Christmas Day and we’re already missing swordplay! We hope you’re having a wonderful time with your families in whatever holiday traditions you celebrate. It’s been a special year at Academie Duello from our fourth (and largest!) Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium in the Spring to our fourth Carosella Mounted Combat symposium in the Fall! This year we had some…

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Spontaneous Sword Press News for November 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

“Put two kids in a room with long cardboard tubes and within seconds an epic sword fight begins. Kids love the idea of swordplay., and you heard that it looks great on a college application.”[1] [caption id="attachment_20520" align="alignright" width="200"] From many, manyplaces on the Net[/caption] How many of us delivered our first ‘sword cut’ with an empty roll of ‘wrap’…

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Greg’s SwordFight Roadshow 2017

Posted on by devonboorman

Greg Reimer is an Academie Duello Provost (our most senior student level) and the Director of Sword Fight Canada in Valemount, BC as well as my partner in crime for our online video mastery program Duello.TV. He just got home a few days ago from an epic cross Canada trip where he visited many clubs, Academie Duello study groups, and…

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Autumnal Sword Press News for September/October 2017

Posted on by Major Wes

[caption id="attachment_20341" align="alignright" width="240"] Swordplay with uneven footing, uphill and into the wind. The sun does not appear to be a factor[/caption] “…, Burton, in his Sentiment of the Sword …, tells us how the Italians adhered to their old practices, such as training outdoors (in contrast to the French, whose custom was to practice only indoors).”[1] Tis Fall now,…

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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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