Cyclical Sword Press: News for September 2015

“…14th-century fights rarely lasted more than a few moments.” Mr. Greg Mele of the item following notes that a lot of his students were brought to swordplay because of “popular culture” — the television and movies that influence us in our lives to try something new and different. We have within the Western world seen…

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Event Report from the Known World Academy of the Rapier (KWAR) 2012

So this past weekend I was again teaching in Chicago, the home of my good friends at Forteza Fitness, but this time I was teaching at the Known World Academy of the Rapier or K-WAR. This event is put on by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) an international historical reenactment society through whom I…

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More from Forteza Fitness

So as I commented on in my last blog post, after we finished up at the Armizare Academy last weekend we visited Forteza Fitness, the home of the Chicago Swordplay Guild. They had a great space that was working its way toward becoming even cooler.  Well, after we left they launched an Indiegogo campaign to…

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Event and School Review: Armizare Academy and Forteza Fitness

I have just returned home from Armizare Academy in Racine, Wisconsin and must report that it was an excellent event all the way around with great classes, opportunities for collaboration, and sparring. For those who are unfamiliar with the event, this is it’s second occurrence – the first time being in 2009 under the name…

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Forteza Fitness in Chicago is doing some cool stuff!

My friends Greg Mele and Keith Jennings as well as associated others, including Tony Wolf, have setup a new salle of swordsmanship, Bartitsu and much more in Chicago. The centre is called Forteza Fitness and it is the new home of the Chicago Swordplay Guild and the Bartitsu Club of Chicago. They recently got some…

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Some Bartitsu Websites

For my students who would like to do some research and learn more outside of class (and have access to the Internets), here are some sites of note: Forteza Fitness (http://fortezafitness.com/) Tony Wolf’s new home with ongoing Bartitsu lessons. The webpage has some great images to show off the various weapons taught and information about…

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