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“Controlling the Center:” advice from Musashi, not Marozzo

What happens when we frame European swordsmanship techniques on an Asian martial theoretical framework?  Well, you get a hybrid system.  Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with a hybrid system – the proponents of the northern Italian “scuola mista” style … Continue reading

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Coming to Grips, Medieval Style, Part II

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Coming to Grips, Medieval Style

How were bucklers held, historically, and how should this inform their use today? Grip is fundamental to proper use of a sword, buckler, or any hand weapon.  To use the weapon right – and to have any hope of using … Continue reading

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New Book: Irish Fencing in the 1700’s!

If you are at all interested in the history of fencing, let alone the Emerald Isle, you need to check out Irish Swordsmanship: Fencing and Dueling in Eighteenth Century Ireland, by Ben Miller, just released after ten years of exhaustive … Continue reading

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The value of classical fencing in historical fencing interpretation

 The contents of this post reflect my own views and opinions, and do not necessarily represent those of my masters at Martinez Academy of Arms.  Any errors are fully my own, as I am still in training and have been … Continue reading

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Bad practice is just as bad as no practice at all…

The contents of this post reflect my own opinions only, and not necessarily those of Maestro Ramon Martinez, Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez, or the Martinez Academy of Arms. “You did 100 lunges?  Okay, do 100 more.  But this time do them … Continue reading

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Choosing the right length for your smallsword blade

As always, the contents of this post reflect my own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of Maestro Ramon Martinez, Maestro Jeannette Acosta-Martinez, or the Martinez Academy of Arms. The smallsword is one of the popular historical weapons being … Continue reading

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