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Michael Olsen





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PostPosted: Sun 15 Feb, 2009 10:18 am    Post subject: Training Equipment Resource         Reply with quote

Hello all,

I've been working on a project for a while now called The Fightschool. It's designed as an online resource for the early HEMA practitioner (13th-17th century) combining a list of manuscripts, published works, listings and reviews of equipment and manufacturers, a blog, organization finder, and a place to share training exercises, drills, etc.

I feel like the website has finally come for a place for me to humbly ask those of you in the community to contribute, if you can.

I spent a little while recently putting up all I knew of in regard to waster manufacturers and their products. That page is located here: http://thefightschool.org/WASTERS.html

If you don't mind, take a look through and let me know if there is a manufacturer or product you use and I will list it ASAP.

I will be expanding and listing practice swords (federschwerter) as well as other equipment (bucklers, staves, clothing) as I have the time - hopefully in the coming week!

Best,

Michael Olsen

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Ken Berry




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PostPosted: Sun 15 Feb, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just took a quick look-around on your site. Very nice! I look forward to exploring it more fully in the future.
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Michael Olsen





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PostPosted: Sun 15 Feb, 2009 4:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ken Berry wrote:
I just took a quick look-around on your site. Very nice! I look forward to exploring it more fully in the future.


Thanks Ken!

Let me know if there's anything I can add to make it a better resource!

Best,

Michael

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PostPosted: Mon 16 Feb, 2009 1:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Grand-tastic idea (I now own all rights to that word :| )! I'll have to scour it in more detail and see if I know a few obscure ones that aren't a front for another site.

M.

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Sam Barris




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PostPosted: Mon 16 Feb, 2009 6:53 am    Post subject: Re: Training Equipment Resource         Reply with quote

Michael Olsen wrote:
I've been working on a project for a while now called The Fightschool.

Great. You've just broken the first two rules of Fightschool. Wink

Seriously though, that's a very handy tool. I look forward to exploring it more. It's been a while since I was in the market for a waster and it looks like there are several new options out there now. Thanks!

Pax,
Sam Barris

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Bryan Johnson




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PostPosted: Sat 21 Feb, 2009 9:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael

Very nice site. I particularly liked the video of the poleaxe plays. I recently moved to the Atlanta area and have studied HEMA for a number of years most recently with the Schola Saint George. Nice to see more folks in the Georgia area. Again thanks for the great resource.

Regards

Bryan

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Bill Jeans




Location: Arizona U.S.A.
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Feb, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Fightschool info         Reply with quote

Michael;

Thanks for your efforts. Looks like Lynn Thompson will be getting a bit more of my loot.

Bill

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Lucas LaVoy




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PostPosted: Sun 22 Feb, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really good work on the site Michael, thank you for posting this
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Michael Olsen





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PostPosted: Mon 02 Mar, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello all,

Thanks for all the positive commentary! I really appreciate it!

I've been working on this project some more and would like to ask for assistance with practice weapons (steel and aluminum trainers).

I have a listing available here that more or less exhausts my knowledge of vendors. If you or your group uses a sword not on that list and think it should be, please let me know and I'll add it on as soon as possible.

The reviews will be going up as I get the time to collate them and post them, and I would be more than happy to take personal statements from any practitioners.

Thanks again!

Michael

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