Less Function, More Art.

So, let’s get this down on paper first. I hate the word functional. It’s not a problem with the word itself, it’s that like the words “natural”, “healthy” and “fitness” it has become virtually meaningless. Every time someone uses the word functional, ask them the question “functional for what?”. Most of the time they won’t…

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Beginners Courses for Next Year/ January

A new year is coming so get into our next round of Beginner’s Courses! Prepare for swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover different avenues of Western Martial Arts: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course gives students…

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Warm it up, Chris!

Today I wanted to talk about warming up.  There is a lot of information available on the importance of warming upand the benefits we derive from it.  Almost every class at the Academie starts with an instructor-led warm-up, featuring joint-movement, medicine ball-tossing  and exercises.  Something that has always been stressed at the Academie, though not…

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