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Professionally Responsible Sword Press: News for April 2016

Posted on by Major Wes

Popular media is pushing people towards an interest in historical swordplay. But how do those same people find a school in which they can explore their new interest? Chances are, they’ve seen a demonstration of swordplay on television or at a local event -- an event that is not necessarily dominated by swords or swordspersons. [caption id="attachment_16979" align="alignright" width="249"] The…

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Truncated Sword Press: News for March 2016

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My apologies for the brevity of this edition of Sword Press, but the recent world situation and the concurrent obligations of service took my attention elsewhere for most of the month! Polite Parasols & Prima METRO (Vancouver, British Columbia). 10 March 16. Vancouver workshop offers lessons on umbrella etiquette, self-defence. [caption id="attachment_16690" align="alignright" width="300"] David McCormick teaching a student the principles of self-defence.[/caption] The…

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Book Review: The Knightly Art of Battle by Mondschein

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  [caption id="attachment_15965" align="alignright" width="300"] From "Royal Ruckus" by Don Patterson[/caption] Sometimes -- just sometimes -- on a nice summer day, one likes to sit quietly on their own at a wee Bistro table with a view of the street, sipping at one’s coffee (black, thank you very much), and concentrate on looking at pretty things.  This book qualifies as that "pretty…

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This Week in HEMA Video – Fun with Fiore and The Vancouver B Movie Factory

Posted on by devonboorman

Sometimes we have some fun during all the seriousness of swordfighting. Just sometimes. Fun with Fiore This week's video is a Vancouver B Movie Factory episode, "The Flower of Battle", filmed at our riding facility, Red Colt Farm, in Richmond. With Oscar-worthy performances by students Michael Molnar, Ben Davis, Chris Richardson and Mounted Combat Program Head Jennifer Landels, this little…

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Specialization versus Generalization in Martial Arts

Posted on by devonboorman

A specialist martial artist, at their most focused, tunes their training toward a single discipline and a single context. This type of specialization is something that perhaps came first to us in the Western Martial Arts with duels. For these one-on-one conflicts, individuals would train to fight within a fixed set of rules and conventions, sometimes imposed by the state…

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The Audacious Lion

Posted on by devonboorman

This post is part of a series on the Segno of Fiore that displays 4 animals each representing a different martial trait the lynx, tiger, elephant, and lion. “I am the lion: nobody carries a more courageous heart. I offer everyone battle.” Tom Leoni translation - Fior di Battaglia, Getty Museum To stand across from a man with a sharp…

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The Elephant and It’s Castle – Structural Strength in Training

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“I’m the elephant, who carries a castle as freight. I never kneel or lose my stride.” Tom Leoni translation - Fior di Battaglia, Getty MuseumTo harness the ideals of the elephant in your martial form you must consider:Structural AlignmentPlacing your body in optimal positions to apply and resist force. Finding the ground path (the line that force must travel through…

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The Lynx: Prudence in Combat

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This post is part of a series on martial development through the metaphor of Fiore's Four Animals. "No creature can see better than I, the lynx. And this virtue puts everything in its right place and its measure." Tom Leoni translation - Fior di Battaglia, Getty Museum A technique could be mechanically correct in its execution but if it is…

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Fiore’s Four Animals – Achieving Martial Success

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Within his 1409 manual Fior di Batagglia, Fiore dei Liberi provides us with an effective guide for reviewing our successful execution of martial technique: surrounding his diagram of blows are a series of 4 animals, each representing an essential quality of successful execution in the art: The Lynx - Positioned above the figure’s head represents caution. The Lynx is holding…

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Upcoming April Workshops at Academie Duello

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The weather is turning, the sun is shining and the city is heating up! What better time to warm up those muscles and try something new? Take a look at our upcoming workshops for April: Intro to Bartitsu Saturday, April 6, 2013 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Learn the mixed martial art of the Victorian English Gentleman. In this four-hour…

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