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Eat the Book: A Process for Understanding Historical Sources

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One of the awesome things about Historical European Martial Arts is that they come from a rich historical tradition. And this tradition includes a wealth of instructional books written from within the period where those arts were most actively practiced. Picking up a 15th-century fighting manual is by no means necessary to learn, practice, and enjoy these martial arts, but…

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New Riding Level 4 Flat Class Open

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A heads up to all of you with your Riding Level 3 signed off: we have opened a new Sunday class to help you towards Riding Level 4.  Due to complex scheduling this six-class series runs over ten weeks, so there are no classes on April 29th, May 13th, or June 13th.  Sign up now to start working on your…

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5 Tips for Effective At-Home Practice

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Classes are a great place to learn, but proficiency comes from learning in between sessions by practising on your own. Here are five ways you can make the most of your personal practice time: Keep your commitment small If you're new to home practice, make a commitment that you feel very confident about keeping. In the beginning, the goal is momentum, not…

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How to Do Slow Sparring Effectively

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I'm a big fan of slow sparring as a training tool. It is an ideal way to focus on mechanics and precision, develop strategic and tactical awareness, and work on the necessary relaxation and fluidity required for high-speed combat in a more manageable setting. The main challenge with slow sparring is that it is difficult to go slow, especially when you're…

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Mounted Combat Arts Intensive: Pilot Program Registration Open

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Mounted Combat Arts Intensive New for 2018, we are planning to offer a full five-day Mounted Combat Arts  Intensive from July 2nd to 6th.  This 50-hour program offers you the chance to immerse yourself in a full week of mounted combat arts both in and out of the saddle.  Throughout the week you will learn the foundation of our approach to…

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Lots of Practice, Not Perfect Practice

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There is an interesting phrase pair I have been hearing from a lot of instructors recently. I hear: “Practice makes perfect.” Then an admonishment: “No. Practice makes permanent. So make sure you don’t practice poorly!” The first is a message of hope and resilience. If you practice and stay the course, you can find mastery. If things are going wrong,…

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Staying True: Playing Through the True Fight

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Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground: the True Fight As a scholar or Blue Spur within Academie Duello you should be already familiar with the the qualities of the true fight.  That is, you seek control of your opponent's sword, advancing or striking when you have control,  retreating and seeking to regain control when you do not. For your Red…

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The 5 Minutes Per Day Practice Regimen

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In light of our upcoming Online Collaborative Longsword Course, I thought it would be a good occasion to revisit this post on the five minutes per day practice regimen. Rhythm is the most important thing to cultivate on the path to mastery. Whether you leverage this course or simply get started with your own practice ritual, start making those little…

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Fundamental FAQs: Mounted Combat Fundamentals

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To acquire the first rank of the Mounted Combat program, the Green Spur, you will need to be assessed on the Green Spur Mounted Combat skills.  These include Swordplay from the Ground, Swordplay Knowledge, and Mounted Combat Knowledge.  The knowledge sections are covered in past sections of this blog, and can be studied on your own.  Swordplay, however, needs to…

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Schedule Change: Jumping Courses Postponed

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Due to unseasonably late snow, we have decided to delay starting the Riding Level 3, Jumping and Riding Level 4+, Jumping courses at Red Colt for two weeks.  This will give the ring time to recover from its late-season slush and firm up enough for jumping.  These courses will now start on Saturday March 17th. Note that all other courses are running as…

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