Blades for Dayz – Episode 3 – Emmet Byrne

Blades for Dayz
Blades for Dayz – Episode 3 – Emmet Byrne







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Emmet Byrne recently founded Raven Heart Forge and as well as being a fencer makes some of the best bucklers on the market. He and I catch up and talk about his blacksmithing journey as well as archery and of course kick arse with swords. Find Raven Heart Forge on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ravenheartforge/ or Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ravenheartforge/.

Blades for Dayz – Episode 2 – Alex Timmerman

Blades for Dayz
Blades for Dayz - Episode 2 - Alex Timmerman







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Alex Timmerman of Kraken Swords makes some of the most beautiful swords out there. We talk about the craziness of Florida, Spadroons, samurai tropes, chi and our best and worst moments in sword fighting. See Alex’s work at https://krakenswords.com/.

Blades for Dayz – Episode 1 – Keith Farrell

Blades for Dayz
Blades for Dayz - Episode 1 - Keith Farrell







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I get together with Academy of Historical Arts and Fallen Rook’s own Keith Farrell where we talk about his sword fighting career and his vision of the future of Historical European Martial Arts. Keith is a legend in the Historical European Martial Arts community and it was great to sit down and chat with him about his projects and getting …

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Would Gandalf be crap in a fight?

Gandalf the White

Hey guys, I’m back from the Féile na Gaiscígh event run by the Dublin HEMA club where we met up with our good friends the Cork Blademasters and Emmet Byrne from Ravenheart forge – I’ll put the links to those guys below. When I got back I was just inundated with messages and comments about “How good would Gandalf really be in a fight?”

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Reverse Grip Sword Fighting

Academy of Steel Reverse Grip 4

Why Kylo Ren and Geralt of Rivia are crap swordsmen!

Well. It finally happened. I’ve become one of those guys.

“In episode 2F09, when Itchy plays Scratchy’s skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is a magic xylophone, or something?”
– The Simpsons, S8E14: The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show

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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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