Shoulder to Wrist: three types of cut

Swordplay from the Ground: Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder Cuts Not only are there eight lines on which to cut, there are three places from which to cut, wrist, shoulder and elbow.  For the Green Spur you are required to demonstrate all three types with the sword in one hand, and wrist and elbow cuts with…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 4

Day 4 was devoted to putting everything back on the floor. It looks beautiful, take a look: And again, but with stuff on it! And our lovely north-facing side   And our mirrors with shields. Thanks on Day 4 go to John Manestar (In spirit, he was ill) Devon Boorman Matheus Olmedo Walker Lunsford Greg…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 3

Day 3 was applying additional coats of the finishing compound. We aimed for as many as we could. Here’s what the floor looked like after the first application. There are plenty of dry spots: this was a thirsty floor! Applying the final application. Quite a different look from the last photo! Watching “paint” dry. After…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 2

Day two of the flooring was almost entirely sanding. We discovered on Day 1 some uneven sections of the floor where the finish wasn’t removed. We needed this stuff gone so it was back to the drum sanders. First, here’s the floor at the start of Day 2: To remove the finish without making things…

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Adventures in flooring: Day 1

Over the holidays an intrepid group of volunteers took on the task of re-finishing our well-loved training floor. The floor was installed in late 2009 when we moved in (by another intrepid group of volunteers) so has lasted a good 3 years of almost daily use. With some sections being a little gouged and other…

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Happy 2013!

Good Morning and Happy New Year! (sorry, was that too loud?)   Since it is far too soon after last night’s indulgences to be practising cutting in a safe and responsible manner, I’ll eschew wrist, shoulder and elbow cuts for another week.  Instead, sit back in a comfy chair with the hangover remedy of your…

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What we’re doing at Duello right now

Wondering what we’re up to over the holiday? This: Yup that’s right we’re wrapping Academie Duello in celophane. This is part of a project to refinish the hardwood on our main training floor.  Thank you to everyone who has helped contribute to this project financially at our Christmas fundraiser and by lending a hand.  We’ll…

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Fight Yourself

Victim control. It is an essential element of stage combat, but often misunderstood, and more often performed badly. It means that when there is physical contact between two actors, the apparent victim is in charge. This principle applies to pushes, pulls, grabs, strangulation, hair pulls, and most falls and throws. Tyler Durdan Take a lesson…

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Cutting down (and up, and across)

Swordplay from the Ground: The Eight Cuts In the last three posts I’ve covered posture, movement and turns of the body, with or without a sword in hand.  Now we’ll turn our attention to the sword and look at cutting and thrusting in the next few posts, beginning with the eight cutting lines.   Terminology…

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Taking a Turn

Swordplay from the Ground: Turns of the Body Last week’s post on the Mounted Combat Green Spur Curriculum covered moving forward, back and side to side.  This week we’re adding turns to menu.  Demonstrate the three turns of the body. ‘Volta‘ is the Italian word for ‘turn’.  (Dressage riders will recognize it from ‘volte’, which…

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Martial Movement

Swordplay from the Ground: Movement Last week I covered the essentials of a balance and martial stance.  Now we need to add mobility, without losing the effectiveness of that grounded posture, for the second item in the mounted combat checklist: Demonstrate methods of movement The movements we are looking for are: 1. Advance: take a…

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Taking a Stance

Last week I gave an overview of the Mounted Combat portion of the Green Spur program, which includes Swordplay from the Ground, Swordplay Knowledge and Mounted Swordplay Knowledge.  For the next little while we’ll look at each of those checklist items in a bit more detail, starting with Swordplay from the Ground: Stance and Posture…

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The Mounted Combat Curriculum – Green Spur

Like the Mastery program, we have five ranks within the Cavaliere program, denoted by Spurs: Green, Blue, Red, Silver and Gold.  To acquire each rank you need to be a triple threat, demonstrating your skill in Horsemanship, Riding and Mounted Combat. Now that we’ve covered all the things you need to know and be able…

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