Just in time for Christmas!

It’s here! It’s here! Capoferro has finally arrived at the Academie Duello store in time for last minute Christmas presents, the perfect thing for all the boys and girls on your shopping list! Also in is the premiere issue of Katsujinken, a sword arts journal featuring articles on both Eastern and Western swordsmanship. Come on…

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Sean Hayes Workshop Review

At the beginning of the month Academie Duello hosted Maestro Sean Hayes of the Northwest Fencing Academy for a weekend seminar that included 3 component workshops. The weekend was a resounding success and a joy to be a part of. I put a full review of the workshop up on SwordForum and you can read…

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Violent Illusions and Then We Party

“At its most basic level, the job is to choreograph fight scenes. But to do this effectively you need more than an arsenal of combat skills. You need an actor’s understanding of character, a director’s eye for story and a dancer’s feel for movement.” – Daniel Levinson, Stratford Shakespeare Festival – Scene Notes Intro to…

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This fight night is going to be great…

… well, it would be, but, it’s cancelled!  A reminder to all of you looking to let off steam or just place a few good-natured bets, Open Floor is cancelled this Friday (2 December).  Why? Sean Hayes is coming to town to do a 3-day workshop!  Want to attend? You can’t: it’s FULL!  We do…

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Last Chance: Sean Hayes Weekend!

“Who would win in a fight, a samurai or a medieval knight? The answer is: the better fighter.” – Maestro Sean Hayes Guest Instructor Sean Hayes’ workshop series is selling out fast. Right now there are only 4 spots left! This is your last chance! Friday, December 2, 2011 7pm-9pm Developing Solo Drills for Armizare…

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Start Something New!

“What then is chivalry? So strong a thing, and of such hardihood, and so costly in the learning, that a wicked man or low dare not undertake it… Whoso would enjoy high honor first must suitably display that he has been well-schooled in such arts…” – The Biography of Sir William Marshall Intro to the…

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Buying a Rapier

So, now you’ve got your green cord and you’re getting tired of wrestling for the loaner rapiers: it’s time to think about getting your own sword. The Academie Duello store has a variety of entry-level rapiers, falling into two categories.The CAS Hanwei practical rapier is available in two lengths, 37″ blade or 43″. This is…

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Another Black Mare at Red Colt

Introducing Calo Heros Jolie: See the full gallery on Posterous Jolie is a 12 year old registered Canadian Horse.  She has a sweet temperament, excellent manners and she loves to go.  Her job will be mainly eventing and Pony Club testing, but you can expect her to put in a few hours of Mounted Combat…

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By the Book

I just picked up a copy of the new book on Armizare. For those of you that aren’t in the know, armizare is the word used by 14/15th Century swordmaster Fiore dei Liberi to describe the system of combat that he taught. Armizare is a whole system, featuring unarmed combat, daggers, swords, spears, axes, and…

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Cavaliere Tournament

Exactly one year less a day after our first ever Cavaliere workshop, Academie Duello hosted its first ever Mounted Tournament.  The weather was beautiful, the crowds enthusiastic, the volunteers awesome, and the competition both fierce and friendly. We started our day with the Team Groom Competition, in which teams of two had 45 minutes to…

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Fight-night Mini-focus!

Exciting news for those who’ve ever wondered “I wonder if I should bring my X to Open Floor”; we’ll be introducing a mini-focus to Open Floors!  It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while: a regular day for everyone who wants to practice with, say, longswords, to come out. We’re going to reserve off…

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Targeting Families

“Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx Family Archery Workshop Sunday, June 19, 2011 10am-2pm Archery has been a family business since ancient times. From Cyrus the Great of Persia teaching his son and heir Cambyses to ‘draw a mighty bow’ to Henry the VII teaching a young Henry…

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Rapier Clinic this Friday!

At tomorrow's Open Floor I will be running some timed rapier sparring from 8-9pm. Two or three fighters will hold the field against all comers for five minutes (in a rank-exam style format), which will be followed by five minutes of feedback and review. Then another set of fighters holds the field for another five…

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