Duello.TV Videos for This Week!

This is a momentous week for Duello.TV and Academie Duello: We recorded the last videos of our entire Level 1 to 3 curriculum! This project began mid-last year with us diligently recording classes each week as they were taught and it’s amazing how quickly it has all built up.  We’re already hard at work recording new content including new material on wrestling fundamentals as well as conditioning and nutrition. Keep your eyes here as we release newly edited vids in the coming weeks.

Green Cord (Level 1)



This week Green Cords are sharpening their skills for receiving and regaining control. These are essential tools for those seeking to pass the combat portion of their examination for Blue Cord.

Receiving 4: Maintaining Control Receiving 6: Recovering Control

Blue Cord (Level 2)



Engaging the opponent’s weapon is perhaps the most fundamental of the 7 provocations. In this last lesson we explore how these skills initially explored with the rapier are applied with the sidesword and buckler.


Sidesword Provocations 7: Engagement

Red Cord (Level 3)



When the point of the quarterstaff is set aside it is often more expedient to continue moving forward and strike with the opposite end. For our final classes of this series we look at the adaptive, or moving forward fight, of the quarterstaff as well as how to use this technique to enter into some of the fundamental wrestles you can apply with staff in hand.


Solo Exercise of the Week



Good longsword technique is built one cut at a time, or in this case two. In this video we explore a simple exercise to practice the fendente (downward) and sottano (upward) cut pairing.

Longsword Cutting - Fendente Sottano


Devon Boorman is the Co-Founder and Director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, which has been active in Vancouver, Canada since 2004. Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the Renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques.
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