Happy New Year 2020

Greetings Academie Duello friends and family! I hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a special 2020. It is pretty amazing to me to be moving into the second decade of the new millennium already. Academie Duello marked its 15th anniversary in 2019 and it has been…

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One Mindful Breath: Minimum Viable Commitment

Sometimes the most you can muster is a single mindful breath. And sometimes that’s all the meditation you need. One set of crunches. One line on your manuscript. One walk around the block. We often overestimate what we can accomplish in one day, while we underestimate what we can accomplish in five years if we…

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Learning How to Fight Tactically with the Robot Game

This post originally appeared on our online learning portal: Duello.TV. One of the more challenging leaps to make in combat martial arts is the move from a largely symmetrical combat environment (where everyone is largely from the same school and trying to do the same techniques) to one that is broader and more chaotic. This…

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SERFO 2019 Event Report

Last week I was an instructor and director (referee) at the South East Renaissance Fencing Open (SERFO) in Atlanta, Georgia. This excellent event was put on by Keith Cotter-Reilly of the Atlanta Freifechters and David Coblentz of Decatur School of Arms and their respective crews. This is definitely one of the smoother and more professionally…

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The Riding Level 1 Curriculum

Over the spring and summer I’ve put up posts detailing the requirements for our Horsemanship Level 1.  If you read through those posts, look at the relevant chapters of the Manual of Horsemanship, and attend at least Horsemanship classes in which you have the opportunity to practice handling, grooming and tacking up, you have a…

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Mounted Combat Autumn Schedule

Now that we’ve had a week off after Carosella 2019, it’s time to get back in the saddle again!  If you were inspired by the demonstration of riding, horsemanship, and mounted combat skills on display, now’s your chance to get back in the saddle. All classes take place in the indoor arena at Cornwall Ridge…

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WMAW Event Report 2019

This past weekend was the 20th Anniversary of the Western Martial Arts Workshop hosted by the Chicago Swordplay Guild at the lovely Dekoven Center on the shores of Lake Michigan. I have had the opportunity to be teaching at this event for the past 10 years and it is always one of my favorite events…

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Allie & Christian cross swords in a Prix Fiore test

Carosella 2019: The Results are in!

What an amazing weekend! Carosella 2019 was our seventh iteration of the event but it contained many firsts.  We finally brought Working Equitation to the event courtesy of Darcy Henkel and Westcoast Working Equitation; Benjamin Davis gave us a cutting workshop; we included on-ground longsword, sidesword, and rapier tournaments for the first time; and we…

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Don’t Miss the Best Mounted Combat Weekend this Year!

Wow, Carosella 2019 is this week!  And registration closes tomorrow, Thursday September 26th.  If you’ve always been meaning to take a course in the Mounted Combat Program this is your absolute best time to do it.  Normally courses like Intro to Mounted Combat and Beginner Horseback Archery are $200 each.  But you can take both…

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Carosella 2019: More Workshops, More Fun!

The Carosella Schedule is coming together and should be in its final form soon.  In the meantime, here are some highlights! Friday 27 September Intro to Mounted Combat Ballet at the Barn Grappling and Pommel Plays Working Equitation Swordplay from the Falsemount Horsemanship Level 1 Mounted Sparring Equine First Aid Beginner Riding Saturday 28 September…

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