Category Archives: Swordy Stuff

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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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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