Feedback on Hompage & Library

Thanks everyone for the positive and helpful feedback on Duello.TV’s new Getting Started courses. Our DTV goals are to create a useful resource for the community 1) to introduce newcomers to HEMA, and 2) to provide well structured high level teaching material for existing members and practitioners, leading them to the mastery of swordplay.

We’re working toward a Friday grand re-opening. We’d love some more input on what we are offering beyond the Courses:

HOMEPAGE (when not logged in)

It’s a big page that we’ve worked hard to organize and present all the features of DTV in a comprehensible and engaging way.

  • Is it clear what Duello.TV is trying to accomplish? Can you summarize it in a simple way?
  • If you were new to HEMA, how excited would you be to find this for the first time?
  • As an initiated practitioner, does it give you the sense of just how much advanced content is there and how it can be of personal benefit?


In the Video Library area of the site we have over 45 hours of instruction organized into playlists of 30-120 minutes each (hundreds of videos, thousands of individual lessons). These are separate from courses (no quizzes, notes, or assignments) with multiple lessons per video, and are aimed at novice to expert practitioners.

  • Does the distinction between these lesson videos and our courses make sense?
  • Which topic areas most interest you? What do you think should be added to the library?
  • How easy is it to find a desired topic? Can you spot room for improved organization?

Round 1 feedback was great, looking forward to more great feedback in round 2.

Devon & Greg

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Feedback on free courses

We’re excited to announce that Duello.TV will be opening its doors again soon for subscription access. But before we officially launch we’re looking for some insider feedback on some of our new free offerings.

We have developed a ton of cool new things over the past year, including online HEMA courses for longsword and rapier, new training exercise videos, as well as all-new video library content for our novice longsword and rapier curriculum.


What we’d like feedback on today is our two free Courses for Italian swordplay: Getting Started with Longsword, and Getting Started with Rapier.


Getting Started with LongswordLongsword: 8 lessons, 15 min video Getting Started with RapierRapier: 11 lessons, 18 min video

We designed them to be 1) useful resources that a new practitioner could use to try out HEMA and get started in the very basics, and 2) a small sample of what is available in our full Fundamentals Series beginner courses. Take a look at them and tell us:

– What do you like about them most?
– What grabs your interest?
– Can you spot room for improvement?
– Are they a suitable introduction that a newcomer could participate in and enjoy as a one-off?
– Would you recommend them to someone wanting to try HEMA for the first time?

Log in now and try them out: Getting Started with Longsword, Getting Started with Rapier. As DTV members you’re already enrolled!

All constructive feedback is welcome! If you like it, let us know– if you don’t like it, we want to hear from you! We’re fine tuning and constantly rolling out new features, so the site will probably be changing from visit to visit. We look forward to hearing from you.

Devon & Greg

P.S. If you know someone who would love to participate in this evaluation and send feedback, please feel free to forward this email to them. Non-members will be prompted to register for free. Thank you!

Online Swordplay Courses are Coming

swordplay coursesGreetings everyone! We have been working hard on exciting new additions to Duello.TV. Our goal is to make the site an even more effective resource for learning swordplay for the first time or honing existing skills. Our existing content is very thorough and we are constantly improving it, adding to it, and keeping it up to date (we have more than 400 video lessons now online). However for many newer practitioners the quantity of information and required knowledge for each video can be overwhelming.

So we are hard at work on creating online swordplay courses. Courses break up the content in our longer video lessons into smaller topics. Each topic includes a video lesson, a quiz (to aid in retention), short-term and long-term practice guidance, and areas to ask questions and get specific help from us and our community.

The courses are progressive, so each skill builds on the other and allows you a much clearer path for learning how to fence and progress in this beautiful art. Do the lessons on your own or with a partner, or simply browse through the content and use your existing knowledge to answer the quizzes.

If you have comments or questions regarding specific lesson videos, quizzes, or practice content, you’ll be able post it into the comment box for that specific area. Feel free to ask actual technical questions (meaning really take the course and see how it works) or simply give us feedback on ways we could improve that section.

We have a group of beta testers involved in our first course offerings for the Rapier, so we can garner as much feedback and improvement before releasing them to the public. We are working on the first offering for longsword as well (based on absolutely brand new content) and have begun work on our level 2 content for rapier and longsword. The feedback you give us will help us shape these offerings.

Not a part of the beta group? No problem, you can access the free Swordplay Sampler Course here. We want to hear from you, so hop in and tell us what you think.

Devon & Greg

Basic Courses

DuelloTV has a swordplay video instruction library unmatched anywhere in its breadth and depth. But the videos were long, hard to browse topic-by-topic, and weren’t very interactive. That’s changing.

We’ve been working extremely hard behind the scenes, and today we’re proud to begin our roll-out of online swordplay courses at two levels: Premium and Basic.

All of our new courses will offer bite-sized video topics from 1-3 minutes long. Track your progress as you make your way through the course, and pick up where you left off last time you visited the site. They work great on any device: phone, tablet or desktop.

Basic Courses

Basic courses contain high quality, individual step-by-step topic videos.

Every course on DTV (over 50 of them!) will have a simplified basic counterpart—just the video content in topic-by-topic segments. Track your progress as you watch them all. The basic courses will be built out much faster than the premium courses, so look for new courses to be completed and ready for you often!

Access all basic courses via Scholars Club or Masters Club subscription. Basic Course Packs will soon be available to allow a one-time purchase for lifetime access.

Of Course There’s FREE

We like free. That’s why we’ve always made our high quality Quick Start courses for Longsword and Rapier available to all members at no charge. If you haven’t yet tried them, jump in and see what they’re about. With video topics, quizzes and practice notes, we’re sure even experienced practitioners will get something out of them.

You can also read the training blog for free. Our blog currently hosts over 230 articles on swordplay, training, tournament, teaching, motivation—pretty much anything you can image connected with studying any martial art. Subscribe for full blog archive access.