Sword Press from the Atlantic

WMA on the Atlantic Coast dominates this cull – along with Wes’s wistful musing for the week. Recreating a ‘fun’ death? THE RECORD (Woodland Park, New Jersey)  09 February 12  Swordsmanship on display in Leonia (Melinda Aranda and Carol Karels) WEMA authority, author and stage fight instructor Jack Kirby was recently interviewed about how he…

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Sword … Sorry, Lance Press from the USA

Snap Quiz:  What American state has ‘jousting’ as it’s state sport?  And why?  (http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/sport.html,  http://marylandjousting.com/) OK, pass your papers forward to the front.  While We’re marking them, you can start reading ahead with today’s’ offering. For the past two years, those interested in things medieval have been teased with indications that something significant was brewing…

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Potential Joan of Arc-related Sword Press from Around the World

This being the 600th anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc, We thought We would offer up a selection of press items detailing either the weapons and armour used by the heroine, or her influence on modern, kick-butt-attitude women being motivated to get into armour.  Unfortunately, there does seem to be any ‘news’, though the…

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Sword Press (Fencing Press Actually) From Around the World

Given the dearth of WMA related material available this week, I thought We’d take a look at some unique elements of what has fallen out of our Art – Olympic-style fencing.  Respects, Wes Everything Old is New Again FIRST COAST NEWS (Jacksonville, Florida) 15 January 12  Jacksonville Fencing Tournament Debuts ‘Dagger Fencing’  (Jovi Irwin) The 225…

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New Initiatives and Continuing Legacies – Sword Press from Around the World

This week, we concentrate on swords (and sword masters) in modern times – and from area that we do not uaually consider to be WMA or sword centres of activity! A New Initiative Under Down-Under SOUTHLAND TIMES (Invercargill, New Zealand) 13 January 12 Knight likes his swords (Alex Fensome) Members of Medius Auvum Comitatus, a…

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Sword Press Gift List II & Size matters

WMA activities within the press seem to be continuing a fore-mentioned holiday lull, so we’ll continue shopping for that special gift for that hard to guard-against shop-for sword-specialist.  Respects, Wes Drool … drip, drip … slobber We have from time-to-time seen some picturesque catalogues supporting various auction houses offering antique militaria – but this offering…

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International Sword Press & Dance Lessons

We’re all over the map this week, but we have selected a ‘dominant theme’ for this slightly lengthy effort! Respects, Wes   Romantic Sword   BIRMINGHAM WEEKLY (Alabama) 13 October 11 Garden Variety Gallantry We often read of European knights swearing oaths on their hilts – the sword representing the very best of honour and…

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A Fighting ‘faux pas’ or a Fencing Fashion? News from the world of Western Martial Arts

Things were quiet of late, but there should be at least one following that can provide water cooler talk between bouts. A Press Gang in Polite Action   BBC (London, UK) 09 June 11  Shoppers cross swords with Olympic hopefuls A short news-time video on the efforts of two of Britain’s fencing team to increase…

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