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On looking up at your opponents, and my intersecting occupations of pen and sword

A week from now I’ll be teaching a workshop entitled “Getting Past the Point: Rapier for the Vertically Challenged” at the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium. It will consist of tips and tricks for fighting a taller opponent, and include coached … Continue reading

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The Importance of Gloss: interpreting historical manuals

Jess Finley was here last week to play with horses, swords, and the Goliath MS. Discoveries were made and much glee was had. Continue reading

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The Grammatical Case for Them

Merriam Webster has declared ‘they’ to be the word of the year. I disagree with Merriam Webster on many things,* but Bravo (or Brava! or Brave!) on this. As an English major and self-declared pedant, the singular use of ‘they’ … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Allaigna’s Song: Aria

I’m thrilled, delighted, and over-the-moon to be able to lift the curtain at last on the cover for Allaigna’s Song: Aria. The beautiful painting is by the amazing Melissa Mary Duncan, and the cover layout is by my talented daughter … Continue reading

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Teaching Every Body: Adapting Your Curriculum for Gender Differences

Swordplay has traditionally been a male-dominated activity in western society.  The books we work from were written by and for men, and the artist models were men. Canonical positions, particularly in rapier texts, may not be the most mechanically advantageous for other body types. Find out how you can adapt your practice for every body.
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Riding Level 2

Originally posted on Academie Duello’s blog in July 2013 Now that we’ve finished with the curriculum for Horsemanship Level 2, it’s time to move on to Riding. Riding Level 2 Overview A Level 2 Rider is someone with a good … Continue reading

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April Allaigna Sale!

Ebook lovers rejoice!  From April 11th to 18th, the ebook version of Allaigna’s Song: Overture will be available for a mere 99 cents on Amazon.ca, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and through Pulp Literature Press as part of a Bookbub … Continue reading

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Rules of the Road

Originally posted on Academie Duello’s blog in June 2013 Horsemanship Level 2: Riding in Groups Much of the last item on the Horsemanship 2 checklist 9. Rules for riding in a group is covered in the Riding 1 post, Safety … Continue reading

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Pulp Literature Spring Cover Reveal

Take a look at this gorgeous cover by Akem for Pulp Literature Issue 18!  Along with the latest installment of Allaigna’s Song: Aria this issue features the amazing short story ‘Stones’ by Genni Gunn, and the conclusion of ‘We Come … Continue reading

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Show Your Saddles You Care

Originally posted on Academie Duello’s blog in June 2013 Horsemanship Level 2: Saddlery Care In Dom Duarte’s 15th century treatise on riding, horsemanship and mounted combat, Bem Cavalgar, he states: We must take good care of the saddle, the bridle … Continue reading

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