Defences of the Spear

Blue Spur Spear Fundamentals: Basic Defences from the Ground Last week we looked at attacks with the spear as demonstrated in the Blue Spur curriculum; this week we’ll focus on defences.  There are six defences to practise: three from the high ward and three from the low ward. Defences from the High Ward Forehand (against…

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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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The Knight’s Nemesis: Spear

Blue Spur Spear Fundamentals: High and Low Wards A bevy of English longbowmen aside, nothing could make a mounted knight as nervous as a line of  infantry with long spears.  A spear from the ground can equal a sword from horseback in reach, and presents much more of a challenge to a knight than does…

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Beginners Courses for Next Year/ January

A new year is coming so get into our next round of Beginner’s Courses! Prepare for swinging swords and pulling punches. We offer three different courses which cover different avenues of Western Martial Arts: Fight Like Sherlock Holmes Bartitsu is a complex martial art with many interlocking skills. Our four-week Fight Like Sherlock Holmes course gives students…

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Training Videos Apr 22: Defenses Against the Cut, Sidesword Provocations IV, Longstaff Grapples

Greetings Duello.TV subscribers. We’re wrapping up this month on Duello.TV and in classes at Academie Duello and is usually the case it is in this last week that we look at tying together all of the new skills that we’ve learned as we work to integrate drill into application. First level students are countering cuts,…

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Duello.TV Videos for This Week!

This is a momentous week for Duello.TV and Academie Duello: We recorded the last videos of our entire Level 1 to 3 curriculum! This project began mid-last year with us diligently recording classes each week as they were taught and it’s amazing how quickly it has all built up.  We’re already hard at work recording…

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Swordplay Training Videos for July 23 to 29

This week at Academie Duello we are looking at a fundamental strategy with the rapier, known as the True Fight; we are exploring deceptive attacks with the sidesword, designed to draw the opponent out of position; and we’re employing the blow or strike with the side of the staff and learning how to counter them.…

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This week in class at Academie Duello – Vids

This post provides links to videos for every lesson we covered in the Mastery Program at Academie Duello for July 16 to 22. This week Green Cords (level 1) learn about control of the opponent’s sword and take advantage of their opponent’s movement to strike. Blue Cords (level 2) continue their work on provocations by…

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