Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fiore Dagger Defenses

I was expecting more, but at least I had six students today. I've been wanting to work on the dagger defenses for awhile so we got out the mats and had at it. I used two youtube sites for my main reference. works from Fiore but works from Mair. I like the flow of the guy at Arme Antica. He studied the Bujinkan system which is the main art I practice. It's very evident in his movement. We had a good class with more to work on next time!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Medieval Retro-Class today

Only two folks for class today. :( I'd planned on covering medieval knife work but decided to go over joint locks instead. The same joint locks will be used in the knife defense. Medieval knife attacks are either icepick style coming down or a thrust. Most systems that developed in areas where it got cold used these types of attack to get through thick clothing. The warmer areas developed faster more slashing attacks since you weren't wearing as much. Lot's of good videos on youtube!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I am very interested in castles and plan on building one after I retire. Various plans are in the works to enable this to happen. Of course there are lots of castles still standing in Europe and many still being used and some for sale. Two groups of people are building castles using the old methods. No power tools or equipment, all by hand. One is in France, and the other in Arkansas. I don't need to be that authentic! The stone work is cool but I'm thinking of using concrete faux stone from this company. I'm not sure yet which would be cheaper, I guess that would depend on where I build. Much more research yet to do!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


We had a good sword class today. Dave talked about balance points and then I worked them into the sword work. Finished the class with knife sparring. Then we went to Victorville High School to watch a fencing tournament. We got there in time to watch the epee. I taken a fencing class in college but it was with the foil. The epee is a heavier sword and the targets are anywhere on the body, including the feet! After the epee was the saber. Very fast. All great for gaining experience with timing and distancing but lots have been lost to making it safe for a sport.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Yes, it's a new year with many new possibilities. As far as the sword club, I'm going to revamp the training to account for nobody making it consistently. Somehow I'm going to have to gear the training so I can progress without consistent training partners. I'm also doing a lot of study on the Crusades with the idea of writing a book. I've got a number of ideas that I've started on, just need to do the research.
I've ordered a number of books that hopefully will fill in the gaps of my medieval education. I'll try to share intersting tidbits along the way, as well as keep up with the martial aspects of the club. Hope you're new year is filled with new knowledge and great blessings!