War Horse

I don’t think I’ll be going to see the movie “War Horse”.  Not because I tend to find most Spielberg movies a bit too treacly, and not because most horse movies make me yell at the screen (why do movie makers think we won’t notice when they swap a 16 hand bay for a chestnut…

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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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Molasses

Some words on going slow today.  Those of you were at Longsword Focus (Mon @ 5:30; Wed @ 12:00) were given homework: cut 30 fendenti and accompanying falso riverso sotanifor a week. It’s really easy to do; 30 cuts takes about 1 minute.  If you’re going fast.  And, if you’re only concerned about going fast…

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Start Something New!

“What then is chivalry? So strong a thing, and of such hardihood, and so costly in the learning, that a wicked man or low dare not undertake it… Whoso would enjoy high honor first must suitably display that he has been well-schooled in such arts…” – The Biography of Sir William Marshall Intro to the…

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Test your knowledge

The UK Pony Club has just launched a new ‘Pony Prep’ website: http://www.ponyprep.org/training.php While it is quite obviously aimed at the younger set, it nonetheless has some good instructional videos and simple quizzes you can take to test your knowledge: especially useful for those assessing Horsemanship level 1 on the 27th.  You don’t need to…

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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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