Don’t fight the last fight

Bane choking Batman

This is something I’ve been discussing with some of my students recently as I think it’s important to learn from your last fight without attempting to re-enact it or expect similar outcomes against differing opponents. In other words: if you’ve just come back from a tournament or a re-enactment battle of some sort in which you were terribly trounced or …

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Preparing for DIMICATORES AUSTRI PARTES 2018 – V EDIZIONE

Team America montage scene sub-titled "From just a beginner to a pro."

At the end of the month I’ll be taking part in some workshops and competitions as part of the Dimicatores Austry Partes V. I’m a little nervous as I’m very aware of how good the competition is in Rosa e Spada. Anyone who has read any of my blogs will know full well how much I admire the students and …

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Vorschlag against a “double-widower”

A combatant pushing an opponents hand aside and pommel striking them.

Recently, I was sparring against someone I had never fought before. At first, the fight went fairly well. I was landing a good number of hits both at good measure and, when things got heated and it came down to Zogho/Giocco Stretto, I was able to make some clean pommel strikes. My opponent was an interesting guy. He laughed like …

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