Relinquishing Control? Dropping the Reins at all Paces

Riding Level 4: Dropping the Reins There are many times dropping the reins is useful or necessary in mounted combat. Historical manuals show pommel strikes, grappling, cross-bow, off-hand, and half-sword plays at walk and canter.  And, of course, horseback archery is always done without a hand on the reins.  Some images show the reins looped through the…

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Training Vids July 22: True Fight, Defenses Against Cuts with Rapier & Dagger, Disarms, Longsword Binds

This is an exciting final week of the month at Academie Duello. I am getting ready to day for an event at the Vancouver Shakespeare festival, Bard on the Beach, for the launch of CC Humphreys latest novel Shakespeare’s Rebel. We’re doing a prize playing amongst senior Academie Duello students as well as choreographed fights…

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Training Videos July 1: Lunging Mechanics & Measures, Rapier & Dagger, Disarms, Longsword Collection using Finestra

Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to our friends in Canada and the US, respectively. We just finished marching our way through the streets of Vancouver with 65 of us showing off our swordplay skills for a very enthusiastic crowd. Let me tell you, this gives me no small respect for our historical brethren…

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Lesson Videos: Rapier offhand, dagger, and disarms as well as sidesword cutting

This week at Academie Duello we’re deepening our study of the rapier with further use of the offhand, dagger, and disarms. We’re also checking in regularly on our work with the sidesword, this week with a series of excellent cutting exercises.  Meanwhile we’ve started shooting new longsword content from our Longsword Focus classes. So look…

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Duello.TV for October 1st: Rapier offhand, dagger, and disarms, plus longsword sequence

It’s the turn of a new month so again our curriculum focus shifts. This month Green Cords (level 1) will be learning to use their offhand to support their defence, Blue Cords (level 2) will be stepping into the fundamentals of Rapier and Dagger, and Red Cords (level 3) are working into rapier disarms with…

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