Stage Combat Priorities: Illusion

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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Bring sword fighting into your workplace for 20% off!

  Greetings members and friends of Academie Duello!   For a limited time we are offering 20% off our corporate programs to companies referred to us by Academie Duello members and friends — so if you’ve read this blog post consider yourself invited to take advantage. We have a great diversity of corporate programs including…

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Are you game?

Excellence takes many forms in the equestrian world.  There is the elegance of dressage, the precision of jumping, the savvy of a good cow-horse and the bravery of an eventer.  But for breathtaking ‘wow’ factor it’s hard to beat the excitement of Mounted Games and the amazing athleticism of the riders and ponies who play…

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Gentlemen Prefer Canes

“That is why, no matter how desperate the perdicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head.” – Charlie Chaplin Intro to Bartitsu Workshop Saturday, July 23, 2011 1pm-5pm Learn the mixed martial art…

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Game 7 Sword Safety

For those of you that haven't noticed, tonight is game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and downtown is going crazy. All of our evening classes are still on as normal, however, but if you are coming downtown please keep in mind the following: DO NOT bring your own weapons to class tonight! BORROW the…

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Cavaliere Tournament

Exactly one year less a day after our first ever Cavaliere workshop, Academie Duello hosted its first ever Mounted Tournament.  The weather was beautiful, the crowds enthusiastic, the volunteers awesome, and the competition both fierce and friendly. We started our day with the Team Groom Competition, in which teams of two had 45 minutes to…

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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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Fight-night Mini-focus!

Exciting news for those who’ve ever wondered “I wonder if I should bring my X to Open Floor”; we’ll be introducing a mini-focus to Open Floors!  It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while: a regular day for everyone who wants to practice with, say, longswords, to come out. We’re going to reserve off…

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Bartitsu 11-June-2011

This week in bartitsu: Review of savate: closing distance with the chasse and how short-range kicks work in combinations. Boxing: It seems like a while since we had a pugilism class, so we'll go over fundamentals and get some sparring done at the end. Integration: Strike straight, strike quickly. Hand and foot combinations to overwhelm…

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Targeting Families

“Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx Family Archery Workshop Sunday, June 19, 2011 10am-2pm Archery has been a family business since ancient times. From Cyrus the Great of Persia teaching his son and heir Cambyses to ‘draw a mighty bow’ to Henry the VII teaching a young Henry…

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