Attacks of the Spear

Blue Spur Spear Fundamentals: Basic Attacks from the Ground The second checklist item in Spear section of your Blue Spur guide is Demonstrate the basic attacks and defences of the spear in the extended position. This week we’ll look at attacks, and cover defences next week.  There are five types of attacks of the spear…

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Carosella 2015 FAQ

With Carosella 2015 less than two weeks away, it’s time to answer some of those frequently asked questions. Q: How can I sign up for Carosella? A: You can register online here for full and one-day passes.  To register for individual workshops contact the front desk at 604 568 9907.  Regular entries close Monday September…

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What is Classical Dressage?

‘Dressage’ simply means ‘training’.  The modern sport of dressage consists of tests, which are judged patterns designed to demonstrate a horse’s level of training on the flat.  Sport dressage evolved from classical dressage, which in turn evolved from military training exercises. As practioners of mounted combat, it is often useful for us to look to…

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Mounted Combat Playday this Sunday

This Sunday from 1 – 4pm the arena at Red Colt will be alive once more with the thunder of hooves, the twang of bowstrings and the clash of swords for our August Playday. Mounted Games Anyone with Riding Level 1 or the equivalent can participate in these non-combative games of speed and skill, such…

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Beginners’ Courses July 2015

Just like the sun, we are coming back with our beginner’s courses! Enjoy your summer with three different ways to approach to Western Martial Arts. Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills and is still very useful for learning practical self-defence today. Its introductory course, Fight Like Sherlock Holmes, runs once a week for four weeks.…

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Friday Clinics at Red Colt

Once more we are offering a variety of special clinics related to the Mounted Combat Program at Red Colt throughout the summer.  Clinics start up this Friday June 12th and continue through August with a variety of instructors and topics, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm each week.  Some classes may run a half hour longer if…

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Book Review: “Warhammer, the Forgotten Weapon” by James Roth

♪”Stop, Hammer time!”♫ (Apologies to MC Hammer.) What is a cultural ‘artistic’ reference in our time, was an invitation to ‘bring it’ in medieval times. For nearly two centuries, the warhammer was a weapon of choice for mounted medieval armoured combat. However, there seems to be a distinct lack of (recorded) knowledge of the fighting techniques…

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Mounted Combat & Horseback Archery

Mounted Combat Classes We’re excited to announce our newly formatted Mounted Combat course at Red Colt, starting up in less than a month.  This four-week course takes the skills developed in the Mounted Combat Skills classes and moves them to horseback with sword, spear and grappling plays as well mounted games and drill team work.  The…

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Mounted Combat Program Update

More information on the new Cavaliere Program courses: Mounted Combat Playday An opportunity to put your skills to work.  The term ‘playday’ usually denotes mounted games and other fun events on horseback in a semi-competitive format.  This day will include informal competitions as well as opportunities to practice mounted games, sparring and horseback archery. Assistants…

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Practice Symmetrical Development

Robert Borsos, my horseback archery instructor, raced down the lane and planted 12 arrows in the target. An impressive feat from horseback. As he rode past me back to the starting gate to do a second run, I noticed that he had passed his bow into the other hand and was going through a series…

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Shedding Season*

*Forgive the pun.  I know all you horsemen out there are eagerly looking forward to this type of shedding: For that you’ll have to wait for Mother Nature’s good graces.  Today though, we’re looking at Swordplay from the Ground: Shedding the Blade The Blue Spur curriculum requires you to Demonstrate shedding the sword while standing…

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The Three Turns of the Sword – Blue Spur

Swordplay from the Ground: turns of the sword In the Green Spur checklist we ask you to demonstrate the three turns of the sword, ie, the volta stabile, the mezza volta and the tutta volta.  These are described in this post from last year, so first go back and familiarize yourself with the turns. For…

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Winning the Crossing

Blue Spur Curriculum: Swordplay from the Ground The Mounted Combat checklist for the Blue Spur has five sections: Swordplay from the ground Swordplay from the falsemount Spear fundamentals Mounted games Knowledge In the next few months on the Tuesday blog we’ll be covering the checklists for the first two sections, looking at the swordplay requirements…

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

September 27th – 29th is Tourney Time! Yes, planning is in the works for our Annual Knightly Games Tournament!  This year we’re making a full weekend of it by adding another iteration of the popular Mounted Archery Workshop, and including a day of riding, mounted combat, and games practice beforehand. Friday 27 September Workshops, Lessons,…

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