“Yeah, but when will I use fencing in real life?”

Brilliant stuff today, great for the novice and experienced fencer alike.Occasionally, when I talk to someone about fencing the conversation turns to applicability outside the salle. “It’s just good for killing people with a sword. What are you going to do when you don’t have your sword?”There’s so much wrong with that (besides the grammar).We…

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Over to the CFAA

A really good post today taken from the Chivalric Fighting Arts Association by Maestro Sean Hayes of the Northwest Fencing Academy in Eugene, OR.  Here’s the post. It’s specifically on developing tactical skills with the longsword. The second half is specific to that but the first half applies to any martial art.   I’ll summarize:  …

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A model way of practicing

I’m blogging at your from beyond the internet……. oooOOOoooOOOooo!  heh heh.  Today I was going to write about the differences inherent in each of us (I thought I wrote about this but I couldn’t find it).  Take a look at this article. It’s wisdom though needs to be somewhat massaged for fencing. Basically the message…

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Being internal

Another link to Randy’s blog today. I know that I start thinking internally a lot during my practice. Personally I do it more when playing with sideswords and longswords due to the many methods of moving a sword on an arc (cutting). I find that being attentive to how my body feels when practicing greatly…

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This week in class at Academie Duello – Vids

This post provides links to videos for every lesson we covered in the Mastery Program at Academie Duello for July 16 to 22. This week Green Cords (level 1) learn about control of the opponent’s sword and take advantage of their opponent’s movement to strike. Blue Cords (level 2) continue their work on provocations by…

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Intention

Next in our series of guest bloggers today: Matheus Olmedo. Matheus has been with the Academie for about a year now and has quickly risen through the ranks to become a senior Blue cord as well as an instructor in the Warrior Fundamentals program. During 2011 Matheus was at the studio usually more than I…

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