Ways to Keep Training When You’re Sick or Injured

Training is at least 50% mental and 50% physical. If you’re truly down-and-out sick, then just let yourself be sick. No sense resisting the sleep you need and prolonging the pain. But if you’re just out with the sniffles, or you have an injury that prevents you from physically training, then here are some things you…

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Optimising Your Learning: Blocked and Varied Practice Environments

Learning physical skills is a tricky thing. It’s important as a student that you’re practicing in the most effective and efficient manner for getting results in your desired performance environment (e.g. a duel, a tournament, a melee, etc.). Two Types of Practice There are two primary practice schema that can be applied when acquiring new…

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Jogo do Pau Course Review

A little more than a week ago, Academie Duello hosted its very first Jogo do Pau intensive course with Luis Preto (originally from Portugal, currently from Slovenia.) This course delivered 25 hours of content over 5 days with an optional Assistant Instructor Certification add-on which added approximately 5 more hours of class focused on coaching…

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The Crucible of Full Speed Training

I love slow fencing and I think it is an essential part of training. It will help you develop strategic and tactical awareness, develop flow, and overcome your reactionary qualities and replace them with more effective responses. However, slow work on its own does not fully prepare you for combat. True martial combat exists without an…

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