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How Do You Foster Safety In Martial Arts?

Posted on by devonboorman

Though safety may seem boring, uncool, or like an unnecessary consideration, it is a vital foundation for pursuing excellence in martial arts in both the short- and long-term. Having a solid approach to safety in your group is important for retaining members, keeping your body healthy, and for creating the space for experimentation. At Academie Duello, safety is a core…

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Where Bartitsu Fits by Comparison

Posted on by David McCormick

In speaking generally about kinds of martial arts and how to compare Bartitsu to other more familiar systems, sometimes we have to clarify our terms and classifications. One way to think about combat practice is to consider where the philosophy that underpins its rules and methods fits on a spectrum. Abstraction vs. Pragmatism One spectrum we might consider is the…

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Keep Your Method Out of My Combat

Posted on by David McCormick

Stage combat and Method acting don't mix. What do we mean by "Method acting"? Here's part of what Wikipedia has to say: Strasberg used the term “Method” to describe his philosophy of acting and his techniques of training actors, which built upon some of Stanislavski's early ideas. Strasberg's method is based upon the idea that in order to develop an…

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To the Timid

Posted on by David McCormick

Being safety-minded is a valuable trait in stage combat. However, shying away from choreography itself will only cause delays and disruption of the rehearsal process. Choosing to hold back and only perform slowly will certainly be safe and more comfortable for you, but will diminish the show you’re producing. All fight directors want you to be injury-free and safe in…

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Safety, Confidence, and Control

Posted on by jenniferlandels

Riding Level 3:  Safety, Confidence, and Control of Pace This is the final checklist item on your Riding Level 3 test.  In some ways 'safety, confidence and control' seem like nebulous criteria, and it is true that the final mark in the this category is based on an overall impression generated from your whole ride.  However, there are specific things…

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Out Cold: The Real Danger of Concussions

Posted on by David McCormick

Here's an infographic related to my previous post: Concussions R Bad. Created by, it is sourced from the following: Safety in Training and Reality In class, we avoid striking the head, even when wearing protective gear. To be a good partner, we either move slowly, change the target (do a full speed strike beside the…

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Safety Systems

Posted on by David McCormick

We say that the first rule of stage combat is safety. All stage combat must be safe so that actors will never be hurt in rehearsal or performance. Focusing on safety also gives actors the confidence to move at high speed with full acting. When safety is deprioritized, actors start to flinch or otherwise compensate. Some martial artists want to…

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Why I Practice Bartitsu

Posted on by David McCormick

Self defence with a walking stick and its associated skills might seem like a strange choice. Convincing new students to join is sometimes difficult, but my personal story is as good as any sales pitch. So why do I practice and teach the Fighting Style of Sherlock Holmes? Practical First and foremost, I like that Bartitsu emphasizes personal protection in…

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Fight Choreography: Action Logic

Posted on by David McCormick

How do I choreograph a fight scene? To me, the question is the same as "How do I put on a magic show?" We're going to ignore issues of your venue, your lighting and backstage capabilities, the number of people to help you, and the critical props (in our case, weapons). We'll assume: You have trained performers and you are…

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Fight Choreography and Rehearsal

Posted on by David McCormick

The Fight Director will arrange or choreograph a fight for specific actors on a specific stage. This is an important aspect of safety, because setting choreography early and repeating it often in rehearsal will give actors the consistency and confidence to perform safely in front of an audience. The better they feel about the safety, the more acting and effort…

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