Taste of the Renaissance Beginner's Course

Dealing with Boredom

One of the primary challenges that I see my students face and that I have personally faced over years of practice is boredom. Most techniques take hours of focused time to improve and hone. Yet the mental discipline it takes to put in these hours does not come naturally, certainly not to our rapid fire…

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Creating Focus and Ease

A few years ago I was in a very high pressure rapier tournament. It was the largest and hardest fought tournament in the Northwest with a list of 50 fencers who were arguably some of the best fencers around competing. On my way down my travel companion asked me “So how do you think you’re…

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Have Any Fitness Resolutions?

We’re just a couple days from New Year’s and, I’m sure like many of you, I have been reviewing my goals for the coming year both mental and physical. One of my main physical goals last year was to make some significant progress with removing pain from my body in a few nagging areas —…

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A Comparison of Historical Music to Historical Swordplay

I remember a few years ago on a commute into Academie Duello I met a gentleman on the subway who was a researcher and player of Renaissance era music. Our conversation delved into the similarities of our two pursuits from the challenges of making modern interpretations from old written notations, to the changes the instruments…

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The Power of a “What’s Right” Coaching Session

At the end of every evening class that I teach, I offer 10 minute private coaching sessions. These spots allow me an opportunity to work with people one on one and help them with struggles from class, tweaks to their form, and guidance for their overall development. Recently I had an interesting experience with one…

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Drink Yer Water

Everyone has heard this one. You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Every health source will tell you that. So, do you drink that much water? I didn’t think so. But this is the single most important nutrient you ingest every day, and the single easiest way to cleanse your…

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Functional Movement Screen now available at Academie Duello

Academie Duello is excited to announce that we’ve added The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to our repertoire of activities offered to you. The Functional Movement Screen is a grading system for assessing seven fundamental movement patterns that are used in everyday life and martial practice. Our FMS program is designed to give you specific feedback and guidance not…

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Failing Forward in Fencing

I read a couple interesting anecdotes today in the book Failing Forward by John Maxwll. The first comes from two working artists, David Bayles and Ted Orland, who tell a story about an art teacher who did an experiment with the grading system he used for two groups of students: The ceramics teacher announced on…

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Walking before running

Today’s message: build the support you need before trying things you don’t normally do.   Green, Blue and Red cords are doing some actions outside of the ones we typically practice: reverse lunges, passing lunges, girati, sbassi, passes below, & unorthodox postures. These are all really cool when seen in action.   It’s not enough, however…

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