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Currently reading: Dark Ages – Martin J. Dougherty

Currently reading: Dark Ages – Martin J. Dougherty

The ‘Dark Ages’, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century through to the beginning of the medieval era in the eleventh century, have often been crudely depicted as an era of mass illiteracy, ignorance and of terrifying heathen hordes swarming across the European continent, leaving devastation in their wake. ...
Seven Deadly Sins of the Reverse-handed Grip

Seven Deadly Sins of the Reverse-handed Grip

The first season of The Witcher delivered a stylish fantasy adventure – right up the the point where Henry Caville’s character started sword fighting multiple opponents with a reverse-handed grip. Dear Netflix, why, oh why, oh why…? ...
Blocks, locks and a few smoking disarms

Blocks, locks and a few smoking disarms

We’re winding up the current half term session of Fiore dagger. Last night we played a game we’ve named Dagger Defender, based on something we borrowed from the Italians: one defender, three assailants, two daggers and a Fiore response to a surprise attack. ...
What defines an attack?

What defines an attack?

By Robin Catling. According to Article t.7 (old 10) of the FIE rules of competition, “the attack is the initial offensive action made by extending the arm and continuously threatening the opponent’s target.” A threatening action is one that will hit the opponent if no defensive action is taken. A threat means moving towards the … What defines an attack? Read More » ...
Hands on – Hanwei Federschwert

Hands on – Hanwei Federschwert

The cheapest (practical) entry-level feder I know of in the UK, we picked up a pair of these about three years ago when we finally made the move from nylon wasters to steel. There’s no question, the feel of steel over polypropylene makes a world of difference to your technique – steel doesn’t bounce or … Hands on – Hanwei Federschwert Read More » ...