Off-hand drills

No big news today.  Just thought I’d share another drill. It’s from this past month’s Green Cord curriculum.  The patiente stands in terza. The agente makes strikes to the patiente, who defends against them primarily with the off-hand, unless it makes super-good sense to defend them with the sword.  For added complexity: The agente can…

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Buying a Rapier

So, now you’ve got your green cord and you’re getting tired of wrestling for the loaner rapiers: it’s time to think about getting your own sword. The Academie Duello store has a variety of entry-level rapiers, falling into two categories.The CAS Hanwei practical rapier is available in two lengths, 37″ blade or 43″. This is…

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Bartitsu Workshop this Saturday (video)

Saturday 12-November will feature another Introduction to Bartitsu workshop from 1pm to 5pm. I hope this video gives you an idea about the content. Canes are provided for all. If you’d prefer to use an umbrella, you may bring your own. For other questions, please contact Bartitsu Instructor David McCormick. To sign up, contact Academie…

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Job Opportunities at Academie Duello

Greetings all! Academie Duello is looking to fill a couple exciting positions: one instructor and one volunteer. Please consider these postings yourself and pass them along to anyone who you feel might be a great fit.   SwordFit Coach & Instructor Academie Duello is looking for a dynamic, fit, and charismatic teacher to be the…

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Another Black Mare at Red Colt

Introducing Calo Heros Jolie: See the full gallery on Posterous Jolie is a 12 year old registered Canadian Horse.  She has a sweet temperament, excellent manners and she loves to go.  Her job will be mainly eventing and Pony Club testing, but you can expect her to put in a few hours of Mounted Combat…

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The ballad of (T)Roland

Easy post to write today…  I’m simply linking to Roland’s notes on practice from his blog, Terminal City Duellist.  I’ll keep my commentary out; Roland’s put in a lot of thought to this and writes it out very well.  I will re-mention something that bares repeating. Freeplay, while an opportunity to let loose (it is freeplay), is…

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By the Book

I just picked up a copy of the new book on Armizare. For those of you that aren’t in the know, armizare is the word used by 14/15th Century swordmaster Fiore dei Liberi to describe the system of combat that he taught. Armizare is a whole system, featuring unarmed combat, daggers, swords, spears, axes, and…

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Canes! Fisticuffs!

“He ended a string of abuse by a vicious backhander, which I failed to entirely avoid. The next few minutes were delicious. It was a straight  left against a slogging ruffian. I emerged as you see me. Mr. Woodley went home in a cart.” – Sherlock Holmes utilizing Bartitsu, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist…

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Stage Combat Priorities: Illusion II

The practice of stage combat has three priorities which define it: safety, storytelling and style. In this series of posts, we’ll talk about each in turn, but today we’re going to explore why. The very existence of stage combat is the answer to the question: how do we show the fight on stage without hurting…

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