Show Your Saddles You Care

Horsemanship Level 2: Saddlery Care In Dom Duarte’s 15th century treatise on riding, horsemanship and mounted combat, Bem Cavalgar, he states: We must take good care of the saddle, the bridle and the stirrups, ensuring that they are strong, that they have the necessary resistance and are of good quality to avoid failure of any…

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City Sword Press

Swords in cities – in modern times and in those historical.  We find swords in established salles, rented recreation centres, city halls and the neighbourhood watering hole.  Cities used to be where one went to purchase the very latest-version of trendy weapons and accessories, and to take advantage of one of the many urban masters-of-arms…

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Trailer Ricochet: Hammer of the Gods

I know an upcoming movie with that theme! Not Thor 2 Although it may be tempting to Ricochet the trailer for Thor 2: The Dark World (2013) with references to Thor (2011) and the changes to story or crew that may make the sequel better or worse, but I just don’t care. Instead I’m aiming…

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The Lost Sword-Cane Style

I don’t know of any writings about using the sword-cane other than standard fencing training. Sorry. There aren’t even sword-and-scabbard fighting advice in any historical manuals I know. It’s a bit weird. I often tell stage combat students that they should know the historical, but be ready to invent new patterns of movement that suit…

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No Budget for Fight Choreography?

If your company has not budgeted sufficiently for fight direction, then you will necessarily have poor stage combat. If you have allocated no budget at all, you have no fights. Some companies try to get around this by finding a volunteer fight choreographer or a cast member who has taken a workshop one time, but…

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First the Lance, then the Sword Press

When you’re involved in HEMA/WMA disciplines, your ethics have to be irreproachable.   You’re using a potentially deadly weapon against another person with their full compliance.  You need to be ‘honourable’ and faultless in your application of safety measures taken to protect your opponent, yourself and bystanders. Our mounted peers have another consideration when it comes…

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Demonstrative Sword Press

For better or for worse, most of our students and membership come from those that first saw a demonstration of swordplay in a movie theatre, living room in front of the television or while out being cultural at the local playhouse.  The ‘flash, action, and perception the of bravery and the romance’ of swordplay hook…

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