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Tumbling Down the “Why” Hole

Like getting caught into a conversation with the pedantic child who always asks “why?”, down the why-hole lies madness.

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MayForFree: don’t pay until June

A special offer for a whole month of free access to everything DTV has to offer! Sign up for a Scholars or Masters Club subscription between May 1-7 and you won’t pay until June.

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Maintenance Days at the End of March

Just a brief note to say that DuelloTV will be in and out of action between March 30 and April 1, 2017 as we perform a big switchover of our membership software. Thanks for your patience during this time.

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30-for-30 Swordplay Challenge 2017

Practice 30 minutes of swordplay per day for 30 days starting January 2nd until January 31st. This can include your current training or be in addition to it. Join us on Facebook today!

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Pursue Your Art Your Way

For each goal, each set of values, each person, there is a different art to explore and practice.


Growing HEMA in Istanbul

Istanbul is a city steeped in both European and Asian history. Every site you visit reveals layer upon layer of history that goes back at least 2000 years. This makes Istanbul both an interesting and fitting place for the study of Western martial arts.


An Amazing Swordplay Weekend in Italy

A little more than a week ago I was arriving in Italy to the sala of Roberto Gotti for a special gathering of swordsmen called Giocatore. This was a weekend of martial encounters across disciplines, opportunities to share knowledge, and time to immerse oneself in study and camaraderie.


The Pedestal: What We Expect From Our Teachers

Elevating our teachers to a realm beyond what is humanly achievable can be a strategy for minimizing our own expectations, and thus our disappointments. It can also be a way of giving away our own responsibility for being our own teacher.


Reading and Writing Strategies for Class Learning

For many these are the learning skills that they’ve had the most practice with, since our school system focuses so much on them. It may not be that you are “wired this way”, simply that you have not had the same opportunity to develop learning skills and strategies in the other styles.


Kinesthetic Learning: Effective Doing and Feeling

This week I’m exploring kinesthetic learning, which can be understood as the act of learning by feeling or doing. Kinesthetic sense is often best engaged through experiencing the stimulus for the skill and feeling the consequence of right and wrong action.


Strategies for Auditory Learning

For this week’s post in our continuing series on empowered learning I am going to suggest some strategies for maximizing our auditory learning abilities. If new knowledge is pleasing to your ears: read on!


Strategies for Visual Learning

Visual learning is the process of learning a new skill by seeing it demonstrated or receiving correction through visual modeling. Here are a few things to consider that can maximize this form of information acquisition.


Being an Empowered Learner: Know Your Learning Style

Your learning is only based partly on the effectiveness of your teacher. It is largely based on your own personal effectiveness as a learner. Good teachers should certainly help you on this journey, but the more you can help yourself, the more you stand to gain in each of the learning situations of your life.


There’s More to HEMA than Tournaments

As tournaments (and competition in general) started to wane for me, I needed new ways to explore and deepen my passion for my art. I found that many of the most inspiring practitioners I knew put more attention into other avenues of practice and growth than tournaments.


How Do You Foster Safety In Martial Arts?

Having a solid approach to safety in your group is important for retaining members, keeping your body healthy, and for creating the space for experimentation.


The Pursuit of Learning Should Not Be Partisan

If your group does things one way it can be difficult to allow that those who practice a different system may also be doing something right.


The Longsword DVD is Finally Here!

Don’t think this material is just for beginners. We’ve endeavoured to be very thorough about the mechanics, structure, and fine points of each technique.


Excellence, Machismo, and Hardcore Training

Challenging yourself to be better is daunting, daring, and rewarding. On this road you must find the edges of your comfort, push beyond your physical limitations, and surmount many an emotional hurdle. And though much of this is truly hard, little of it is “hardcore”.


Keeping the “Martial” in Martial Art

If you have a desire to keep “true” to your art, as I do, I think it is important to make the “martial” a planned and intentional part of your practice and exploration on a regular or semi-regular basis. Here are a few of the avenues I recommend for doing this.


Walking the Path – Reflections on VISS 2017

One of the best things I can do for myself and my students is to keep renewing my openness to change. I can do my best to equip them to be their own guides and model what I have learned as my own teacher.


5 Martial Arts Conference Survival Strategies

These events are amazing opportunities for learning and inspiration. They also tend to be super-packed events with more goodness than one human being can effectively cram into their brains and bodies. So here are a few tips to make the most of your time without burning yourself out.


30-for-30 Swordplay Challenge in Review

At the end of January we finished up the fourth 30-for-30 Swordplay Challenge. I took some time to reread a bulk of the training reports and compiled some interesting collections based on the diversity of training represented. I hope they’re as interesting and entertaining to all of you as they were to me.


How to Connect with the Historical in HEMA

I had fought hard, reached a certain peak of success, received ample rewards, but then felt completely deflated. Then I began to investigate both the martial and the historical part of this pursuit and realized something more lasting than simple competitive success.

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