A Report from the Western Martial Arts Workshop

The Western Martial Arts Workshop (WMAW) for 2013 is over. Another satisfying year of this great event put on by the Chicago Swordplay Guild at the Dekoven Center in Racine Wisconsin. For those who are unfamiliar with the WMAW, this event started in 2001 and is one of the oldest workshops of Western Martial Arts…

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Carosella 2013: The tournament explained

Sunday September 29th is the Tournament portion of Carosella. There will be competitions for every level of participant, and plenty to watch for the general public.  Here’s the low-down. Grooms’ Competition Open to: Anyone with their own or a leased horse Cavaliere Program members with a minimum of Horsemanship 1 Format:  Teams of two will compete…

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Home from Cascadia North Accolade Tournament

I have finally managed to come down a bit more to earth since my return home from the Cascadia North Accolade Tournament this past weekend. Of course in classic Devon style, on the day of my return I went to the school, completely unloaded our trailers and trucks, headed home to do the same, then…

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Knight Camp for Adults!

We’ve just finished our fifth week of Knight Camp this summer. If you’re unfamiliar with Knight Camp it is this super-awesome kids summer day-camp that we run weekly during July and August. In the camp kids learn swordplay, pole weapons, and grappling as well as non-martial knightly skills such as medieval games, heraldry (the science…

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Revelling in Shakespeare’s Rebel

On Monday night Academie Duello was part of a momentous event, the launch of CC Humphreys newest book Shakespeare’s Rebel in a coproduction between ourselves and Bard on the Beach — one of Canada’s most celebrated Shakespeare festivals. I have to say that this was one of the most exciting and fantastic events of which…

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A Great Canada Day Weekend of Swordplay and Fun

(Photo from 24 Hours cover – Carmine Marinelli) The last few days have been a whirlwind for Academie Duello. Here are a few things you may have missed! Vancouver Courier Article We were in the Vancouver courier last week in an article about Knight Camp and other cool summer camps going on in Vancouver. Be…

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

September 27th – 29th is Tourney Time! Yes, planning is in the works for our Annual Knightly Games Tournament!  This year we’re making a full weekend of it by adding another iteration of the popular Mounted Archery Workshop, and including a day of riding, mounted combat, and games practice beforehand. Friday 27 September Workshops, Lessons,…

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Borealis Swordplay Symposium and Tournament Report

(photo taken by Penny Higgins) I returned home this past Monday from the excellent Borealis Swordplay Symposium in Ottawa which was hosted by Jason Smith and crew of Ottawa’s Les Maitres d’Armes. The event was two days long with day one focusing on 2-hour workshops and some room for free fencing, and day two focusing…

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A Cool New Addition to the Duello Library

This Monday, Academie Duello was the proud recipient of one of 100 new reproductions of the I.33 Fechtbuch produced by Extraordinary Editions in cooperation with the Royal Armouries of the United Kingdom. I.33 is a very important manuscript as it is the earliest surviving European sword fighting manual, most likely dating to sometime in the…

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Beginner’s Courses: April Cycle

Our next round of Beginner’s Courses are starting soon! Shake off that lingering winter chill and greet Spring with a sword in hand! Both our Beginner’s Courses, Taste of the Renaissance and Warrior Fundamentals, are 8-classes long and can be taken twice a week  for one month or once a week on Saturdays for two…

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Trailer Ricochet: Dead Man Down

Another episode of our stage combat feature: action movie trailers. What we’re looking forward to and why. You may have noticed the text in there: From the Director of the Original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. That’s what we’re going to talk about today: Niels Arden Oplev. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009)…

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