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James Carter





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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006 8:34 pm    Post subject: Sword/Staff Fighting Lessons         Reply with quote

Are there any places sto go to get training in western martial arts, particularly with the afforementioned sword and staff in the Washington DC area? If not, do you guys have any recommendations for self-training? I've enrolled in a fencing class, and while it's fun, it isn't quite what I want. I'd love to learn the art of staff fighting, short of that, swords would also be nice.
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PostPosted: Sat 25 Nov, 2006 10:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As a matter of fact, I happen to teach in that area. Well, Northern VA, actually, but close enough. I run the historical swordsmanship program at the Virginia Academy of Fencing. I'll shoot you a PM.
Virginia Academy of Fencing Historical Swordsmanship
--German Longsword & Italian Rapier in the DC Area--


"A despondent heart will always be defeated regardless of skill."
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Ciaran Daly





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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 1:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

On a similar note: is anyone aware of a longsword fencing group in or around the Twin Cities in Minnesota?
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J. Bedell




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 1:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Purpleheart armory has a book on staff fighting that they just got in. Check it out http://www.woodenswords.com/WMA/index.htm

-James

The pen may be mighter, but the sword is much more fun.
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David Kite




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 2:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You might also try posting over at the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) website. The forum's url is www.thearma.org/forum. I know we have members in the DC as well as the Twin Cities areas.

Good luck.
David Kite
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Greg Coffman




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 2:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

"Fighting with the Quarterstaff" by David Lindholm is very good whether you find a group or not. You should also see if there is an ARMA study group in your area.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
-Hebrews 4:12
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Allen Reed




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: WMA in the Twin Cities?         Reply with quote

Ciaran Daly wrote:
On a similar note: is anyone aware of a longsword fencing group in or around the Twin Cities in Minnesota?


I don't know of a school per se but do have friends in the area interested in WMA.

Drop me a PM and I'll see about getting you folks connected.

Allen
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Kyro R. Lantsberger





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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 5:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ciaran Daly wrote:
On a similar note: is anyone aware of a longsword fencing group in or around the Twin Cities in Minnesota?


Yes. Actually there are several. Craig Johnson at A&A recently sponsored an event to bring us all together to know who was doing what. We have our own forum with groups and training times listed.

http://wma.gsmbristol.org/forums/index.php?
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Jonathan S




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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 6:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Since we are on locations where to find one I am curious if there is a sword fighting class in the Colorado Springs Area?
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Ciaran Daly





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PostPosted: Sun 26 Nov, 2006 10:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gentlemen, thanks so much. I've registered at the forum (Allen, perhaps I'll run into some of your friends there?). Look forward to learning more.
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Keith Nelson




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Nov, 2006 6:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jonathan S wrote:
Since we are on locations where to find one I am curious if there is a sword fighting class in the Colorado Springs Area?


Ben Roberts leads an excellent class there, focusing on the English longsword and associated traditions. His website is as follows:

http://www.blackfalconschool.com/

You won't go wrong with training with him.

Keith
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Allen Reed




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Nov, 2006 9:02 am    Post subject: Reaching out In Twin Cities         Reply with quote

Ciaran Daly wrote:
Gentlemen, thanks so much. I've registered at the forum (Allen, perhaps I'll run into some of your friends there?). Look forward to learning more.


Actually, Craig at A&A was one of the folks I was going to suggest contacting.

Doug Hulick was the other one. So if he turns up say hello for me.


Allen
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Ben Strickling




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PostPosted: Tue 28 Nov, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

James,

ARMA DC is located in Northern Virginia and you're also welcome to drop by and practice with us. Our focus in longsword, but we occasionally do English quarterstaff as well. I'll PM you.

Ben Strickling
ARMA DC
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James Carter





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PostPosted: Tue 28 Nov, 2006 10:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all for the information, and for the PMs. I'm going to make an effort to drop in at a few of the nearby groups and scope things out. I'll be going away for winterbreak in a couple of weeks, but I'll almost definitely be enrolling somewhere come January.

I'm surprised how many schools and organizations there are in the area. I tried searching the web but came up empty-handed. Now my problem is in selecting which school to attend. No easy task.
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