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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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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