A Horse in Hand is Worth Two in the Field: catching & haltering

The second item on the Horsemanship Level 1 checklist is: 2. Enter, approach and safely halter horse in stall or paddock There are a myriad of videos out there, but really, you can’t do it much better than this little girl: (Just watch to about 1:35 – it gets a bit chaotic when her sister…

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Connect the dots

Today’s topic: where to make adjustments. This is one of my big secrets; you’re in for a treat.   One of the novice fencer’s greatest challenges is getting used to the posture. Toes and knees tend to point every which way other than the way they’re supposed to face. I chalk this up to the…

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Do your homework!

You’ve all heard it (well, those of you attending class).Homework abounds at Academie Duello. Every rank in the Mastery program was assigned homework for the month of January. The homework we’ve assigned has two specific qualities simple: it can be explained easily in a sentence or two quick: it doesn’t take long to do; about…

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Solo Insights

I’ve gained some insights lately, specifically in longsword play that I thought I’d share. These all came from self-diagnosis, which is crucial for learning and is best done during your practice sessions when you can direct your own exercises. First, credit goes to Sean Hayes, Devon and Roland for their individual contributions and to me…

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Slow work

I know you’re probably wondering about all the great ideas that came out of Sean Hayes’ workshop this past weekend. In truth there are many, but, I thought I would instead write about slow work and the things to keep in mind when you’re practicing slow work.Here, then, are my seven rules to doing slow…

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Molasses

Some words on going slow today.  Those of you were at Longsword Focus (Mon @ 5:30; Wed @ 12:00) were given homework: cut 30 fendenti and accompanying falso riverso sotanifor a week. It’s really easy to do; 30 cuts takes about 1 minute.  If you’re going fast.  And, if you’re only concerned about going fast…

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