Bringing a 500 year old wrestling system back to life

A few weeks ago I was in Eugene, Oregon teaching a seminar at the Northwest Fencing Academy. The day after the seminar I got together with school director Sean Hayes and his senior student Mark Kruger to work with them a bit on an historical intepretation project of a 1537 wrestling manual written by a…

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Over to the CFAA

A really good post today taken from the Chivalric Fighting Arts Association by Maestro Sean Hayes of the Northwest Fencing Academy in Eugene, OR.  Here’s the post. It’s specifically on developing tactical skills with the longsword. The second half is specific to that but the first half applies to any martial art.   I’ll summarize:  …

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Solo Insights

I’ve gained some insights lately, specifically in longsword play that I thought I’d share. These all came from self-diagnosis, which is crucial for learning and is best done during your practice sessions when you can direct your own exercises. First, credit goes to Sean Hayes, Devon and Roland for their individual contributions and to me…

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Slow work

I know you’re probably wondering about all the great ideas that came out of Sean Hayes’ workshop this past weekend. In truth there are many, but, I thought I would instead write about slow work and the things to keep in mind when you’re practicing slow work.Here, then, are my seven rules to doing slow…

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