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Gajardoni Challenge Jacket: The game is changing.

by Jayson Barrons

Let me get this out of the way – I adore this jacket, and this review will not hide that fact. I do my best to be objective, but my fawning over what Gajardoni has done is simply going to show through the entire review. Take that how you will.

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So You Want To Learn Italian Rapier… Part 2 (Or Martin Fabian’s Fabulous Rapier Video Series)

by Meg Floyd

If the community needs anything right now, it’s more videos with solid interpretations and good mechanics of the manuals. Not terribly long after we published the last article, by happy coincidence Martin Fabian, a marvelous instructor from Slovakia, has published the first video in what I hope will be a long and regular video series on Italian rapier. (Hint: give him some love on YouTube so he’ll continue!)

Here’s the first video on cuts. His next promised video will be on footwork exercises. I’ll be posting every video that comes out on this blog, but you should subscribe to his YouTube channel if you want to make sure you get the videos.


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“The Principles of Fighting” from La Sala delle Armi & TaurHEMAchia 2014

by Meg Floyd

For today we bring you a new HEMA demo video from La Sala delle Armi in Italy, the same club which you remember as the hosts of TaurHEMAchia in Turin, Italy — which you should check out, since they are hosting TaurHEMAchia 2014 on 27-28 September. This year’s iteration of the event includes an intro to physical conditioning and functional training by Alberto Brandi (Accademia Marziale Europea – Napoli) and Paolo Marando (La Sala delle Armi – Torino), a workshop on Joachim Meyer’s dussack by Andrea Conti (Scuola d’Arme Fiore dei Liberi – Roma), a sword & buckler workshop by Giorgio Fonda (SeptemCustodie – Trieste) and a workshop on the subtleties of the Meisterhau by Martin Fabian (Bratislavský šermiarsky spolok – Bratislava), as well as tournaments in longsword, sword & buckler, and messer. Personally, I am quite excited by the messer tournament–there needs to be more messer events in the world. 

You can check out TaurHEMAchia’s main site here and their Facebook page here. 

And on to the main event: check out the video below!