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    Yep-you're about right. Firstly the premise...

    Yep-you're about right.

    Firstly the premise was that any defence involving a polearm would be one many against several in a "defend the flag" or "defend the bridge" type scenario, the several not...
  2. Death Knight love Story: HEMA in the movies

    Much has been muttered about using HEMA choreography in films and especially the potential for use in motion capture animation and it has finally happened with this project:...
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    Smallsword Symposium V event report

    The head of Black Boar School of Swordsmanship has written a rather nice precis of the event here-
    http://www.blackboarswordsmanship.co.uk/symposium.html
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    Thanks chaps- all part of my mission to chip away...

    Thanks chaps- all part of my mission to chip away at the HEMA = longsword hegemony and help them realise that French martial arts of the C18/9th are the True Path ;-)

    BTW I built one of those...
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    French Polearm Compendium

    I've composed a .pdf compendium of French techniques for the two-ended staff, partisan, spontoon, threshall and flail translated into English from the works of Pascha, Girard and Bast that may prove...
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    Georges Dubois "Comment se defendre", 1918

    Georges Dubois "Comment se defendre", 1918
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    The Black Boar School of Swordsmanship also has a...

    The Black Boar School of Swordsmanship also has a chapter based in Cheshire-
    http://www.blackboarswordsmanship.co.uk/

    Workshops are held on weekends, with a regular weekday class to maintain...
  8. Yep- they're some quick and rough translations of...

    Yep- they're some quick and rough translations of the Halfpike and Partisan sections I did and put out there in a fit of over-eagerness to finally have the jaegerstock material in a language I can...
  9. Places are filling fast for this event. There...

    Places are filling fast for this event.

    There are also a few updates on the website, but please get in touch if you want to know more.
  10. Smallsword Symposium IV- Edinburgh, Scotland

    The fourth annual gathering of smallsword enthusiasts will be in Edinburgh, Scotland on the first weekend of October (6th and 7th) 2012 hosted by the Black Boar School of Swordsmanship.

    Full...
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    A very servicable and economical smallsword...

    A very servicable and economical smallsword simulator can be made from the following items from Leon Paul:

    Foil Pommel Product Ref: 74
    Ambidextrous Foil Handle Product Ref: 79B
    Foil...
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    Smallsword Symposium IV, Edinburgh

    The fourth annual gathering of smallsword enthusiasts will be in Edinburgh, Scotland on the first weekend of October (6th and 7th) as usual, hosted by the Black Boar School of Swordsmanship,...
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    If you ask Wested to make their "Rocketeer"...

    If you ask Wested to make their "Rocketeer" jacket without the sleeves and epaulettes one can also get a nice approximation of a Victorian plastron too
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    There's been a late rush of applicants for the...

    There's been a late rush of applicants for the Symposium so, if you want to be sure of a place, have said you are coming and haven't paid up or arranged anything with me otherwise then please get in...
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    There's been a late rush of applicants for the...

    There's been a late rush of applicants for the Symposium so, if you want to be sure of a place, have said you are coming and haven't paid up or arranged anything with me otherwise then please get in...
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    Edinburgh and environs is particularly rich in...

    Edinburgh and environs is particularly rich in schools- the Macdonald Academy, Dawn Duellists Society and Black Boar School are all in the city itself and then there are several others within an...
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    Smallsword Symposium, Edinburgh 2011

    Registration for this year's Smallsword Symposium is now open.

    A chance to learn, practice and mingle with some of the finest smallsworders in the land, and from elsewhere as the last years have...
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    Smallsword Symposium 2011

    Now open for registration-
    http://www.dawnduellists.co.uk/eventsSmallSwordSymposium.php
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    http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i295/buggersgrip...

    http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i295/buggersgrips/mcbane2.jpg
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    For an excellent overview of the French school...

    For an excellent overview of the French school then you can't go wrong with this DVD set-
    http://www.martinez-destreza.com/shop/lecolefrancaise.php

    A nice primer here-...
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    Slightly later in period but just to highlight...

    Slightly later in period but just to highlight that Victor Markland will be presenting a class on how C18th philosophy plays an important part in the mindset and practice of the smallsword user, at...
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    You'll have to fix that- French has been the...

    You'll have to fix that- French has been the second language of Scotland for centuries, and all the best martial arts are French :)
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    The Martinez DVD boxset is well worth the money...

    The Martinez DVD boxset is well worth the money as it gives an excellent overview of the Angelo system (and a solid grounding for extrapolating earlier and later systems of smallsword too) and all...
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    A branch of the Angelo dynasty also taught...

    A branch of the Angelo dynasty also taught smallsword in Edinburgh, a city which built a salle, and riding school, from the public purse on what's now the site of the Surgeon's College.
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