Two Swords are Better Than One!

Getting Out of Your Head

“You see first with your mind, then with your eyes, then finally it is in your body.” — Yagyu Munenori.  Family Traditions on the Art of War, 17th century. Stuck In Your Head Whether it’s swordplay, dancing, or driving a car, when you first learn a skill it exists within the conscious learning part of the…

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Martial Intent in Bartitsu

At our rank exams, we evaluate students by how they demonstrate certain techniques alone and against a partner, as well as their use in sparring. Many students are most nervous about the competitive aspect and not being able to plan exactly what will happen in the sparring component. However, I see more students get reduced…

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Crispness, Smoothness, Quickness

What makes a technique in swordplay appear graceful, fast, and — most of all — effective, is usually the efficiency and precision of the movement. Being able to perform a technique with the least amount of extra movement and in a manner that does the job as directly as possible is essential to high level…

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How respect may be holding you (and your training partner) back

This piece could have also been called: “Punching women respectfully; a guide” or, “How to be a douchebag by not hitting girls.” I’ll frame this a little first. I am writing this as a man, drawing on two perspectives that are largely and unfairly male-dominated. The first is martial arts. The second is security work.…

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