Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cutting: Fluid Mechanics

Swordplay from the Ground: Cutting Mechanics & Timing In previous posts I discussed the eight lines and the three points of origin (shoulder, elbow and wrist) of cuts.  To make your cuts effective, however, you need proper body mechanics and … Continue reading

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Getting the Point to your Opponent

The knight’s sword was not just a cutting weapon.  A well-aimed thrust delivered with the impulsion of a moving horse was a deadly combat technique.  It was also an effective attack from the ground. There are four basic types of … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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New Years Goals revisited

Originally posted in January 2013 on Academie Duello’s blog.  April is a great time to check in on those heady resolutions and see where they’re at … Good Morning and Happy New Year! (sorry, was that too loud?) Since it … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Martial Movement

Swordplay from the Ground: Movement Last week I covered the essentials of a balanced 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: … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Ride with Authority

The final item on the Riding Level 1 scoresheet is: 15. Demonstrate overall authority, safety & confidence This is similar and related to the last point on the Horsemanship Level1 sheet: 11. Demonstrate safety and common sense when working around … Continue reading

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