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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Harking back to my article on the development and use of a spear as a cutting as well as thrusting  weapon, here are videos of two...

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On realism and wound effects in test cutting

photo by Rick Gordon

On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Generally speaking, when tameshigiri practitioners — Eastern or Western — perform test cutting, their objective is to cleanly...

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | Comments Off on Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Conducting tameshigiri with long polearms is another interesting exercise, and is practiced by many in the Eastern and Western martial...

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News: Modern knights learn medieval combat

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Modern knights learn medieval combat at Ellensburg swordplay academy Dateline:  Ellensburg, Washington The sound of clunking wooden swords...

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East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

photo by Rick Gordon

East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

I’ve had a number of people ask me for suggestions for books or other resources on “how to do” tameshigiri /...

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Cutting from the ground up

photo by Rob Ireton

Cutting from the ground up

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Performing test-cutting starting from a low ground position, such as one-knee-up or a kneeling posture. This is a somewhat usual form of...

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News: “Sword camp – Exercise with a point” (USA)

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline: Jackson, Wisconsin, via The Columbian “Think of it as viking aerobics. Sure, there are other ways to get a nice cardio...

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Thoughts on cutting patterns

photo by Keith Putnam

Thoughts on cutting patterns

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

When a student first learns cutting in their particular art, they focus solely on making proper single cuts, using appropriate...

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Test cutting with the German longsword

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

One of the most popular of the Western Martial Arts / Historical European Martial Arts weapons. studied by groups around the globe, is the...

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Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

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Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

The last decade has seen an upsurge in what is being called Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), or the Western Martial Arts. ...

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