Horse Archery a Sunny Success

The weather was perfect, the horses were mellow, and the students all left with smiles on their faces after our day of Horseback Archery with Robert Borsos of Borsos Torzs Horse Archery.  The beginners started the day by learning Hungarian archery from foot, before we mounted them up on friendly school horses with handlers for some shooting…

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Less Function, More Art.

So, let’s get this down on paper first. I hate the word functional. It’s not a problem with the word itself, it’s that like the words “natural”, “healthy” and “fitness” it has become virtually meaningless. Every time someone uses the word functional, ask them the question “functional for what?”. Most of the time they won’t…

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Spring Season Sword Press: News for April 2017

Most sports require a novice to spend a lot of money to equip themselves with those pieces of kit necessary to start learning the basics of the game. (European football and ultimate Frisbee perhaps being the exceptions here). Ice hockey, lacrosse and American football require significant equipment commitment before the first timer can safely set…

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Switching to Summer Hours at Red Colt

It’s that time of year again!  As the furry coats are shedding out, we shift our class times to take advantage of lingering daylight.  This means Riding & Horsemanship classes move to Saturdays from 4pm onward, starting this Saturday, April 22nd.  Mounted Combat mastery classes and Mounted Combat Fundamentals remain on Sundays starting at noon. …

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Zero: How Starting From Nothing Builds Success

We often do too much from a fear of doing nothing. We don’t give ourselves enough time to think about what we do because that’s when doubt can creep in. The problem with never really embracing this zero state is that often we do too much and never do anything well. If we constantly need to…

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Book Review: “Cut & Thrust – European Swords and Swordsmanship” by Dougherty

This recent inclusion to the HEMA body of common knowledge is very much a ‘beer and peer’ book. That is to say, you can open the book into most any chapter, and find a statement or assessment that should lead to intelligent debate among your knowledgeable sparring partners. In ‘Cut & Thrust’ Martin Dougherty describes…

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How You Can Resist Being a Gym-Bro

I have made this statement many times, but never in print. But let’s face it, it’s a hard thing to quantify and I can only speak from my observations as a weightlifter, a martial artist, a coach, an ex-nightclub bouncer, and a man who has never really found a place in traditional masculine roles. The…

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