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Notes from a Fencing Student, circa 1657

Nearly everything we work with today is written by instructors for a consumer audience. These notes provide an invaluable alternate view into the historical systems of fencing we study now. They are surprisingly readable for a modern audience and remind me of both notes I have taken and things that I say in class to my long-term students.

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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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Vancouver Martial Challenge 2017 Report

At the end of July we hosted the Vancouver Martial Challenge at Academie Duello in Vancouver, and it was a tremendous weekend of inter-disciplinary sparring and camaraderie.


The Benefits of Interdisciplinary Study

The benefit of practicing a martial system that includes multiple disciplines is that this learning from alternate perspectives is baked in. It is also part of what separates sport from art.


How to Get Started in HEMA: Find a Group

If you can practice with other folks, in person, that is really the best way to learn a martial art. HEMA groups predominantly fall into a few categories: Sparring practices, study groups, and schools.


Dimensions of Mastering the Art

Our goal is to help people find the path of mastery. To develop an understanding of the art on a deep and fundamental level in multiple dimensions and to explore those dimensions in as useful and effective a manner as possible.


Dealing with Criticism

Putting yourself out into the world is a surefire way to invite criticism. All who *do* encounter those who detract. Yet is there really any other way one would want to be in the world?


Taped Up, Braced Up, and Strapped Down: Training Through Injury

I have broken some fingers in intense bouting, separated a shoulder while doing armoured combat, and have certainly had my share of sprains and strains. That being said it has been a relatively healthy career thanks to a lot of care and attention. Yet, even with that, injuries happen. What to do with your training when they do?


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.


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.

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