An Alchemy of Character in the Martial Arts Parts 1 & 2

Serious martial practice is a crucible for character development. Facing fear is a calcination–a burning off of that which does not matter. Facing yourself is a separation–an identification of what you truly are. Facing your fears and facing yourself are actually existential quests that lead to the natural development of character. In this two part […]

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Meyer’s Schlüssel and Wechselhut

For the duration of this workshop, we will be focusing on several Meyer guards, as der Schlüssel, die Wechselhut, die Schrankhut and pieces that emerge from them in a natural way. Attendees can learn pieces that are not commonly used in sparring/fighting and will be able to adapt them to various situations. Equipment Requirements Fencing […]

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Duck and Cover: Voids in Rapier Fencing

Avoiding your opponent’s sword by moving your body offline can be risky, but if done right carries great reward. This 90 min class will explore the use of voids in rapier fencing, or simply put, getting past the point of the sword by dodging out of the way. Starting with mechanics, we will apply these […]

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Bagua Zhang Tactics and Body Methods

Bagua Zhang is one of the trinity of the so called Chinese Internal Arts, alongside Hsing-I and Tai Ji. Of the three, Bagua is said to have the most deceptive footwork and sophisticated understanding of tactics. It is also, in my opinion, the most beautiful. Though primarily known now as a throwing and striking art, […]

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