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How Not to Cut Your Horse

This post was originally published on Academie Duello’s blog in March 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. The Eight Cuts, Contorted for the Saddle … Continue reading

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The Mounted Arsenal

This post was originally published on Academie Duello‘s blog in March 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. Swordplay Knowledge: mounted weaponry Aside from knowing … Continue reading

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Sword Words

This post was originally published on Academie Duello‘s blog in March 2013, and is part of a series detailing the requirements for the Green Spur, or first rank of the Mounted Combat program. Swordplay Knowledge In the Horsemanship portion of … Continue reading

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Mounted Combat at VISS

originally published in Academie Duello’s blog on 19 Feb 2013 As wonderful as all our venues for the Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium last weekend were, none of them were quite large — or rustic — enough to host a mounted … Continue reading

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Over, Across & Around: turning the sword

Swordplay from the Ground: the three turns of the sword   The last of the swordplay skills you’ll need to demonstrate for your Green Spur is an understanding of the three turns of the sword.  These turns have the same … Continue reading

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Eight Horse Melee

Originally published in Academie Duello’s blog, 5 Feb 2013 I wish I had a photo to share from last Sunday’s Mounted Combat workshop.  The stars aligned so that all participants in the workshop were strong riders, and we had enough … Continue reading

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Meeting with Swords

 Swordplay from the Ground: Crossing the Sword in Front and Behind For the Green Spur there are only two ways you need to worry about encountering your opponent’s sword: from in front, and from behind. Crossing in Front This is … Continue reading

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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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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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