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  1. Very sorry to have missed out on this one -...

    Very sorry to have missed out on this one - particularly as we're actively working sword and buckler for the next few months, and we're looking for a new "school sword." Best of luck with the trials.
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    Excellent demonstration, Roland! The feel of a...

    Excellent demonstration, Roland! The feel of a sharp sword is very different from a blunt - we sometimes make the mistake of thinking our blunts work like "the real thing," when in fact they don't.
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    Absolutely - it's not a game for shrinking...

    Absolutely - it's not a game for shrinking violets by any means. Now, was it thrusting that was disallowed? I'm not exactly certain what this rule from the BoN site covered:

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    Sean
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    Hi Christian- I think you're spot-on here,...

    Hi Christian-

    I think you're spot-on here, and I think the general public warms to it in a way that (again) Fencing White and HEMA Black can't compete with. Despite my thinking some of the BoN...
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    Armor helps, too. It sparks people's imagination...

    Armor helps, too. It sparks people's imagination in a way that HEMA black or Fencing white really doesn't.

    Sean
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    Swordfish was certainly international - this last...

    Swordfish was certainly international - this last year, several Americans participated (you included?). One of them even made the finals livefeed.

    Sean
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    Tournaments: Battle of the Nations

    Interestingly, the HEMA tournament that seems to be getting non-HEMA attention is Battle of the Nations, an armoured tournament that I think we're all familiar with:
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    *laugh* Yeah...but I think what shows through is...

    *laugh* Yeah...but I think what shows through is the serious and dedicated training ethic Dimicator has. When I was there last summer we worked for what, 3.5 hours with only quick water breaks? ...
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    Excellent work! And although it gives the...

    Excellent work! And although it gives the impression of being fast, it really isn't fast at all. The level of precision, the obvious relaxed quality of the binds, the consistently good body...
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    I did run the finals at VISS for rapier,...

    I did run the finals at VISS for rapier, longsword, and single sword / sword & buckler using a modified version of the Longpoint rules, as well as the classical priority system for calling the...
  11. Thomas - Catching up to this a bit late. Thanks...

    Thomas - Catching up to this a bit late. Thanks for your hard work on this!

    Sean
  12. Congratulations to Matt for his hard work and...

    Congratulations to Matt for his hard work and accomplishment! I know that this was a very difficult test, and that he did superbly well. I had the pleasure of fencing Matt at VISS two weeks ago, at...
  13. Thanks Jay - a useful list to review.

    Thanks Jay - a useful list to review.
  14. This is an excellent article - thanks for all...

    This is an excellent article - thanks for all your hard work on this. It will help my studies of von Auerswald tremendously.

    Sean
  15. Thanks for these - I'll be very interested to see...

    Thanks for these - I'll be very interested to see any others you have time to list.

    Sean
  16. Announcing the Chivalric Fighting Arts Association Blog

    The Chivalric Fighting Arts Association has launched a blog on topics of interest to HEMA practitioners. Bookmark the site, share it with your friends, spread the word! You can find it here:

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  17. Forum Moderator Post: SFI isn't really the...

    Forum Moderator Post:

    SFI isn't really the place to get appraisals of swords, though you can probably get some general information about swords of this type. I strongly recommend you seek out a...
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    Welcome to your new role, Christian!

    Welcome to your new role, Christian!
  19. My first action as moderator - I'll tread softly....

    My first action as moderator - I'll tread softly. :-)

    Everyone's position is well-established, information that can be independently checked has been presented, the conversation is civil if a...
  20. Thanks, Oz!

    Thanks, Oz!
  21. Sean Hayes

    All,

    I'm glad to have been asked by Mark and Greg to take this job, and glad to join Thomas Stoeppler and Bill Grandy as moderators on SFI's Historical European Swordsmanship forum. For those who...
  22. Jessica Finley Ringen & Langes Messer Seminar Report

    On Saturday July 28, Jessica Finley gave a day-long seminar in Ringen and Messer techniques from the German medieval martial arts tradition. The day started with a three hour Ringen course, for...
  23. Jessica Finley Ringen & Langes Messer Seminar

    Jessica Finley will teach a one-day seminar on Medieval German Wrestling (Ringen) and Long Knife (Langes Messer) at Northwest Fencing Academy on Saturday July 28, 2012. Cost is $60 for the full day;...
  24. But that is far preferable to crippling injury or...

    But that is far preferable to crippling injury or death - at least in my school. Safety is a paramount concern. We recognize that we may pick up bangs and bruises, and some of us have worn those...
  25. Captain of the Guild: Interview with Christian Tobler

    Here's a good interview with Christian Tobler on his recent book, Captain of the Guild, published by Freelance Academy Press.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pLW_J1Can_Q
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