Classical Riding: Keeping Tradition Alive

As practitioners of mounted combat, it is often useful for us to look to the classical riding instructors of the 16th and 17th centuries such as Antoine de Pluvinel, François Robichon de Guérinière, and William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle. Fortunately these men all wrote books to which we can refer, and even more fortunately the […]

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Horseback Archery Returns!

This holiday Monday, October 8th, is you last chance to catch Horseback Archery in 2018! We are lucky enough to have Robert Borsos of Borsos Torz Horse Archery for one more clinic before he heads back overseas on his busy international competition schedule.  Don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity to get instruction in a small […]

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Choosing your Course in the Mounted Combat Program

Riding, Horsemanship, and Mounted Combat Fundamentals:  Which Course is Right for You? Students in our mounted combat courses come to us with a wide variety of pre-existing skills.  Some are expert riders, some have been practising swordplay for years, and some are complete beginners at both.  Whatever your skill-set, we have courses for you!  Here’s […]

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The Mounted Combat Program Moves to Langley

Exciting changes are a-hoof in the Mounted Combat Program.  As of August 1st, 2018, the horses and the program will be moving to 21955 16 Ave in Langley.  This beautiful property (formerly Ridge Meadows Farm) near Campbell Valley Park has an indoor arena, heated lounge, two outdoor arenas, and ten acres of pasture for our […]

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Horseback Archery Returns Saturday May 5th

The ever-popular Beginner and Intermediate Horseback Archery workshops with Robert Borsos are back this Saturday May 5th.  These workshops happen rarely, so don’t miss out!  Sign up here. Beginner Horseback Archery Whether you are an expert rider or archer, or a complete beginner at both, this is your starting point.  You will spend about an […]

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Staying True: Playing Through the True Fight

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 […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On: Playbuilding for Skill & Strategy

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground: Playbuilding When you were earning your Blue Spur, you demonstrated the ability to conduct isolated plays using attacks and defences from all quadrants.  Now we want you to show the ability to connect a series of attacks and defences, or in other words: Demonstrate the ability to carry on […]

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Two Feet vs Four: Defeating the Mount Opponent

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground Last week we looked at the general advantages and disadvantages the combatant on the ground faces when up against a rider.  This week I’ll get a little more specific and give you some plays you can use.  This is a sample only, not an all-encompassing toolbox of tactics, but […]

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Two Feet vs Four: Facing the Mounted Opponent.

Red Spur Swordplay from the Ground The first section of the Red Spur Mounted Combat Skills section is Swordplay from the Ground.  Your first checkbox is: Demonstrate five plays from the ground against a mounted opponent. Facing the Mounted Opponent from the Ground To a foot soldier, I can imagine very few more frightening sights […]

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Give the Gift of Giddyap for Christmas

Who doesn’t want a pony for Christmas?  Give the next best thing with a six-week course of Riding & Horsemanship at Red Colt Farm, where students learn to care for and ride Academie Duello’s gentle school horses.  If the thought of knighthood lights up your loved-one’s eyes, include the Mounted Combat Fundamentals course for only […]

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