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Exercise Your Mind When You Can’t Exercise Your Body

You’re injured, you’re sick, you’re exhausted, you’re stuck on your own. Does this mean that practicing the art you are passionate about is out for today? Not necessarily. There are many ways to explore a physical skill without twitching a muscle.

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30-for-30 Swordplay Challenge Recap

Throughout the month of January students of the sword from around the world challenged themselves to build the habit of swordplay training with 30 minutes per day of swordplay practice.

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50% OFF Fundamentals Course Packs until Sept 22

   September often starts the beginnings of new studies, and we’re making it easier to get yourself deeper into your swordplay training. Until September 22nd, we’re offering 50% off of unlimited access to our Fundamentals Course Packs! One purchase will get you lifetime access to these incredible resources. Use coupon: Fundamentals50s These packs offer dozens of […]

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30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge 2019!

On January 2nd, join hundreds of martial arts practitioners from around the world in a swordplay and European martial arts training challenge!

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Why Fight Light? Using Less Gear When Sparring

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A bulk of medieval and renaissance fighting manuals depict swordplay in shirts, jerkins, or gambesons, generally with light gloves, with both two handed and one handed weapons. These are often presented alongside depictions of combat in full armour.

The 5 Minutes Per Day Practice Regimen

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Rhythm is the most important thing to cultivate on the path to mastery. Whether you leverage our online course or simply get started with your own practice ritual, start making those little steps. Five minutes of real practice time honours your commitment more than hours of good intentions.

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Keep Solo Practice Effective By Not Over-Focusing

One of the main errors I see people making in solitary practice is over-practicing a single action. Generally this comes in the form of practicing a complex, multi-part action, without the needed external stimulus to give the technique its contextual relevance, timing, and feeling.

Queuing and Consequence

Being able to mechanically conduct a technique is important for establishing a combative base. However to be successful with a given technique requires a much greater level of understanding of its application.

Looking Like a Fool

Even brand new students who’ve never held a sword before share experiences of feeling like they look stupid at their first class. Many resist ever having a first class because of this.

Make Practice Second Nature

Keeping a new skill in the active portion of the brain allows you to return to serious study of that skill (for example in a weekly class) more ready for new information and with a much higher level of retention of previous material.

Help Your Partner Discover Failure

I’ve recently become more aware of a “helpful” person in my classes. This person is so helpful they want to make sure that their partner never fails, never feels bad, and is successful in all that they do.

Practice Symmetrical Development

Ideally every lunge, every cut, parry you perform on your dominant side you would echo on your non-dominant side. This not only leads to a more physically pleasing physique, one where you don’t have a massive shoulder on one side, butt cheek on the other, but also to a healthier and higher performing body.

The Crucible of Full Speed

Slow practice and fencing does not prepare you for combat. The truest test of martial combat exists without self-imposed limitations on speed.

When Will I Get Good?

Often when we start into something new, we’re eager to get past that first awkward and potentially embarrassing stage and get onto looking like a badass as quickly as possible.

Did I challenge myself? Celebrating effort over success

Perfection is the enemy of a healthy training mindset. Not simply the pursuit of it but more dangerously the achievement of it. There’s no ‘up’ from perfection, only the stagnating and psychologically draining task of trying to maintain it.

Fight or Flight, Part 2: Combative Calm

This week we’ll examine some useful tools to help alleviate stress during combat training and get us on the path to sound tactical responsiveness.

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