Online Longsword Course, Starts April 1

One thing I advocate regularly is how important rhythm is to success. The more that you can make swordplay a habit in your life (even a small one), the easier it is to create meaningful long-term improvements in your abilities. But getting into that rhythm can be challenging.

Helping people build the habit of mastery is the goal behind our very first co-operative online course. We want to bring together practitioners from all over the world to learn and level-up their longsword skills all together at the same time.

Not that interested in the “Italian” school? No problem. This course presents foundational longsword combat training that any student from any school or tradition can find useful, practical and informative.

Starting April 1 2018, over six weeks, you’ll be guided through the entire Longsword Fundamentals series (I-II-III) of courses along with your peers.

Each week you’ll have a prescribed plan:

  • watch the video lessons for that week
  • complete each lesson’s brief quiz challenge
  • complete each lesson’s practice challenge (solo or paired)
  • submit a 1-minute video of the assigned technique, and make helpful comments on other students’ submissions

The course moves from fundamentals of cutting and body mechanics through to blade control and combative strategy. There is useful content for all levels of experience and an opportunity to receive feedback from peers and Duello experts. Estimate around 2 hours per week to complete the course material. You’ll also get two extra weeks at the end to catch up on missed assignments.

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The course is available to all Scholars Club and Masters Club subscribers. If you’re not a subscriber, you can get all the benefits of this collaborative online course, plus everything else we do, from only $29/mo. Click here to subscribe.

If you’re already a subscriber, or after you become one, join the course by joining our April-May course mailing list. This list will be used only to communicate weekly course content as well as “getting started” information. Click here to sign up to the April-May Longsword Online Course list.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on April 1st!

Devon & Greg

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Free One Month Club Pass to the new DTV! – prelaunch

Summary Click: Starting Friday, Enrol for Free One Month Full Access Pass – more details below…

Hey everyone,

Devon here. I hope you’re enjoying your membership to Duello.TV! You’re one of over 1200 practitioners who has helped make this great online video project worthwhile for Greg and me.

Over the past 7 years we have expanded from a few class re-cap videos to a comprehensive collection of over 400 lessons that can take you from swordplay beginner to expert. We’ve received rave reviews from experts and novices alike and now have over 20 study groups and schools using our material to help develop their students.

This year we decided we really wanted to up the quality and usefulness of the subscriber side of Duello.TV even further. We have added dozens of new playlists on longsword, rapier, dagger, and sword & shield, and have created a new type of content: Courses.

Courses break learning down into easy to follow, progressive lessons. Now you can watch a 3-5 minute video, take the retention quiz, and follow the practice guide. It’s a much easier way for at-home practitioners, study groups, and schools to build their knowledge and ability, quickly.

Our Rapier Fundamentals and Longsword Fundamentals course series each have hours of lesson and practice content to help you up your game with these two excellent weapons. These courses:

  • Break down the essentials of healthy and powerful body mechanics.
  • Teach you how to create effective and responsive blade control.
  • Give the foundation for strategic control of any opponent.
  • Provide a theory and teaching structure that will help you expertly present these ideas to others.

After you complete the Fundamentals you can progress to our Apprentice level series that includes courses on Longsword Grappling, Rapier Strategy, and Unarmed.

Starting this Friday, for one week, we’re going to be offering a special deal to all of our members to check out the new Scholar’s Club and Master’s Club levels FREE for an entire month.

You’ll get access to:

  • 8 new courses on Longsword and Rapier
  • Our comprehensive library of over 400 lesson videos (more than 45 hours of teaching!)
  • Swordplay solo exercises across 4 disciplines
  • All of our training advice blog archives (Masters Club)

On Friday, October 28 at 10am Pacific time, visit our enrolment pages here:

1 Month Free Scholars Club

1 Month Free Masters Club 

Or research and choose your membership from the enrolment options page and enter the following promo code: 1FREEMONTH

Join us! We think you’ll like what you see and we’re eager to get your feedback. We’ll never stop offering free stuff, but paying subscribers are what make it possible for us to develop the next stages of this great resource. We hope you’ll come on board and support us. Your subscription commitment is month-to-month, and you can cancel your subscription at any time. Remember, this great coupon deal expires at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 4.

I’ll send you a reminder on Friday. Feel free to share the promo with friends in your group or school.

Devon & Greg

Free Month of Full Access + Longsword Strategy Lesson

Greetings everyone! Our free one month special on Duello.TV Scholars Club and Masters Club subscriptions is on until Friday, November 4th.

Don’t miss out on your chance to get full-access to our new three-part Longsword Fundamentals and Rapier Fundamentals courses plus over 400 video lessons (45+ hours) on beginner to expert topics across all weapon disciplines.

One of the areas that we’ve recently expanded is our topics on Longsword strategy. The lesson I’ve included below gives a systematic approach to how to attack an opponent based on where they are holding their sword and how to counter their forced response. Check it out:

Mastery takes an understanding of not just technique but the theory, principles, and practice behind them. Our goal is to give you the tools to be able to learn a technique, bring it into your own combative swordplay, and be able to pass it on to others in a way that makes sense.

For this month (November 2016) we have produced all new video lessons on longsword defence and effective counter-attacks, as well as advanced rapier strategy for defeating different kinds of opponents. We’re releasing a new video in this series on a weekly basis, and at the end of the month they’ll all be available in their Video Library playlist.

Get your Free month of Masters Club all-access here:

We hope you’ll check out everything we have to offer. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Devon & Greg

Last Chance to get a $9.95 Duello.TV All-Access Video Subscription

Greetings everyone! Duello.TV (DTV) has had a pretty amazing few years of growth, exposure and development. In just five years, we’ve gone from a collection of about 20 videos to over 400—the largest repository of Historical European Martial Arts content on the Internet.

Last time I did a calculation there was more than 60 DVDs worth of lesson content. It is also one of the most mature, systematic, and complete approaches to the longsword, rapier, sidesword, grappling, and polearms, born out of more than 20 years of experience and exposure to literally thousands of students.

Greg and I are now hard at work on some exciting changes to DTV for the new year. New features will make it even easier to access and learn from the content on DTV as well as creating even better content for individuals and groups. We think you’ll really like what we’re doing.

What this means is that after December 6, 2015 we’re no longer selling all-access video subscriptions on DTV in its current form. In January 2016 we’ll open the door to the new DTV, which will instead focus on individual learning paths, guided study and community support. If you’re already a Paid Subscriber, or you sign-up for a paid subscription before December 6, 2015, you can keep accessing the hundreds of teaching videos of DTV as you see it now for only $9.95 per month, which is pretty amazing!

Being a subscriber will not only help us make this new version as excellent as we can, it will also give you advanced access to the new content and structure as well as the opportunity to help guide the new version.

If you’re already a subscriber, thank you so much for your support. It has meant a lot to Greg and me. If you’re not, click here to sign-up as an all-access Paid Subscriber before December 6, 2015!

If you don’t want to become a paid subscriber, sign-up for a Free Membership to access free weekly content and to get news and updates on what’s coming up.

For our Free Members, don’t worry you’ll still get access to weekly content and we’ll keep you in the loop on developments too.

I’ll have more to share here about the new version in the coming two weeks. Stay tuned and please spread the word!


PS. The Academie Duello February Instructor Intensive is nearly full. If you’ve been thinking of joining, now is the time to sign up.