Warrior Fundamentals – Week 3

Day Five I have a confession to make. I was neither able to attend Class 5 nor was I able to take advantage of the evening classes to make up for it. What’s a sword-fighting student to do? Thankfully, my trusty blade-wielding comrades filled me in on the general content for the class, and, wonderfully,…

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A Cool New Addition to the Duello Library

This Monday, Academie Duello was the proud recipient of one of 100 new reproductions of the I.33 Fechtbuch produced by Extraordinary Editions in cooperation with the Royal Armouries of the United Kingdom. I.33 is a very important manuscript as it is the earliest surviving European sword fighting manual, most likely dating to sometime in the…

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Video Lessons: Defenses Against the Cut; Longsword Thrusts; Cutting Hands

Because of the holiday our last week of curriculum for the year has come a week early. This week we conclude our work on rapier cuts, sidesword cutting, and the core defences of the longsword. In Longsword Focus we look at cutting to the opponent’s hands and next week we’ll look more thoroughly at how…

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Video Lessons: Recovering Cuts, Sidesword Lines; Longsword Defenses and Counter-Cutting

This week we’re going to be using the cut to get ourselves out of some challenging situations. With the rapier at level 1 (Green Cord), we’re going to be using a cut to regain control of the opponent’s sword. At level 2 (Blue Cord) we’ll be building our precision and fluidity in sidesword cutting. At…

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Video Lessons: Stringere via the Cut, Sidesword Shield Positions; Longsword Quadrant Defenses and Counter Cutting

We’re into the second week of our month on cutting at Academie Duello. This week we’re exploring the use of the cut to control the sword of the opponent (Green – level 1), the use of the buckler with the heavier sidesword (Blue – level 2) and the core defences of the longsword against various…

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Swordplay Videos this week: Counter-attacking, Second Assalto, Longsword Wrestling

Welcome to this week in training at Academie Duello. In our training at the studio we are looking at counter-attacking as a method of defence (Green Cord), the second assault of sidesword (Blue Cord), and how to enter into grapples with the longsword when you’ve lost the crossing (Red Cord).   On Duello.TV we have…

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Duello.TV Videos for This Week!

This is a momentous week for Duello.TV and Academie Duello: We recorded the last videos of our entire Level 1 to 3 curriculum! This project began mid-last year with us diligently recording classes each week as they were taught and it’s amazing how quickly it has all built up.  We’re already hard at work recording…

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Swordplay Training Videos for July 23 to 29

This week at Academie Duello we are looking at a fundamental strategy with the rapier, known as the True Fight; we are exploring deceptive attacks with the sidesword, designed to draw the opponent out of position; and we’re employing the blow or strike with the side of the staff and learning how to counter them.…

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This week’s swordplay videos on Duello.TV

Welcome everyone to a new week in swordplay at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV!  We just celebrated Canada day this past weekend by participating in the Vancouver Canada Day Parade. We had more than 60 fighters with longswords, sideswords, rapiers, and bows fighting their way through the streets of downtown. There’s no better way to…

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Instructional Videos for this week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV

Welcome to another week of curriculum at Academie Duello. We have had a lot of interesting things going on including a tournament this past weekend that featured competitions with the longsword, sidesword, and rapier for beginners and advanced practitioners. We haven’t put out our own official recap yet (we’re editing lots of video) but you…

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Sword fighting videos for this week at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV

Welcome everyone to another excellent week at Academie Duello and Duello.TV. This week we have some exciting news to report — we have over 250 videos on Duello.TV about over 40 hours of content now available. We’re also nearly all the way through creating lessons for our full Mastery Program calendar, which means we’ll be…

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Sword Fighting Lessons on Duello.TV This Week

As of this week on Duello.TV we have over 250 videos posted! We have content on longsword, sidesword, rapier and dagger, cloak, buckler, and more. It’s been exciting getting to this stage and we’re looking froward to bringing even more cool stuff soon. This month all three levels of the Mastery Program are focusing on…

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This month at Academie Duello and on Duello.TV

Rank examinations have just finished up today for the Mastery Program with two new Blue Cords entering the ranks. They have a whole new set of topics to look forward to as we roll over into the next month of curriculum at Academie Duello. Green Cord – Rapier and Offhand This month in Green Cord…

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