Quote 27 Jul 132 notes
No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
— 
Socrates (469 - 399 BC)
Photo 11 Jul 10 notes iamafencer:

Fencing to the Bloom

iamafencer:

Fencing to the Bloom

Text 9 Jul 8 notes I know that pushing oneself is a natural part of growth, but..

..for a two-week span I’ll be competing in no less than 9 tournaments, including various iterations of longsword, langes Messer, sword & buckler, Ringen, and tameshigiri (test-cutting), etc., as well as teaching workshops and coaching

..at two events back-to-back, in two different countries.

I will probably be coming home in a body bag. Gods preserve me.

Photo 3 Jul 260 notes archaicwonder:

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, EnglandIn Cornish, Tintagel (Dintagel) means “fort of the constriction.” The site was probably occupied in the Romano-British period but no structure remains from this time. In the Early Medieval era, the site was the seat of the regional king of Dumnonia. The current castle was built by Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall in the 13th century after Cornwall was subdued by England in part to establish a connection with the Arthurian legends that were associated with the area and because it was seen as the traditional place for Cornish kings. In his 12th century manuscript Historia Regum Britanniae, Geoffrey of Monmouth described Tintagel as the site of Arthur’s conception.
The castle was built in a more old-fashioned style for the time to make it appear more ancient. Richard hoped that in this way he could gain the Cornish people’s trust since they didn’t trust outsiders. The castle itself held no real strategic value. After Richard, the following Earls of Cornwall were not interested in Tintagel and it was left to the county sheriff. Parts of the accommodation were used as a prison and the land was let as pasture. The castle became more dilapidated, and in the 1330s the roof of the Great Hall was removed. Thereafter, the castle fell to ruin.

archaicwonder:

Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, England

In Cornish, Tintagel (Dintagel) means “fort of the constriction.” The site was probably occupied in the Romano-British period but no structure remains from this time. In the Early Medieval era, the site was the seat of the regional king of Dumnonia. The current castle was built by Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall in the 13th century after Cornwall was subdued by England in part to establish a connection with the Arthurian legends that were associated with the area and because it was seen as the traditional place for Cornish kings. In his 12th century manuscript Historia Regum Britanniae, Geoffrey of Monmouth described Tintagel as the site of Arthur’s conception.

The castle was built in a more old-fashioned style for the time to make it appear more ancient. Richard hoped that in this way he could gain the Cornish people’s trust since they didn’t trust outsiders. The castle itself held no real strategic value. After Richard, the following Earls of Cornwall were not interested in Tintagel and it was left to the county sheriff. Parts of the accommodation were used as a prison and the land was let as pasture. The castle became more dilapidated, and in the 1330s the roof of the Great Hall was removed. Thereafter, the castle fell to ruin.

Video 25 Jun 41 notes

strongoftheblade:

Advice from five fencers I admire. 

Photo 25 Jun 238 notes lama-armonica:

La vestizione del cavaliere (nero)

Sexiest reverse-striptease ever!

lama-armonica:

La vestizione del cavaliere (nero)

Sexiest reverse-striptease ever!

Text 24 Jun 4 notes A thing to look forward to…

…getting interviewed by someone from the New York Times later this week :D

Video 22 Jun 34 notes

zornhaw:

Kitten and sword!

KITTEN AND SWORD!

Link 20 Jun 16 notes Why I study European martial arts:»

Everyone’s got different motivations for getting into HEMA. Some love the excitement, some love the historicity, some love the camaraderie. Some however chose to fight friends with swords as a means for fighting a much more personal, and more dangerous opponent: themselves.

zornhaw:

I’ve been doing this for only 2+ years, but one of the reasons I love sword is discovering my own ‘demons’ and finding ways to deal with them.

Since the first class I attended, to the one last Sunday I always have a little panic attack. I think “oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck I can’t do this, what am I…

Photo 13 Jun 17 notes My flying Oberhau-from-Nebenhut would have been a lot less ridiculous had it actually hit my friend opponent friend on the inside of his right arm as intended, and we didn’t instantly double-kill with thrusts to the chest following a brief moment of lolwut

My flying Oberhau-from-Nebenhut would have been a lot less ridiculous had it actually hit my friend opponent friend on the inside of his right arm as intended, and we didn’t instantly double-kill with thrusts to the chest following a brief moment of lolwut

Video 13 Jun 99 notes

Albion’s family of two-handers just got larger: the Arch Duke (just released), Tyrolean, and Maximillian. Pic from the Albion Europe FB page.

Video 11 Jun 900 notes

art-of-swords:

Sword of a Duke of Milan

  • Dated: 15th century
  • Culture: Italian
  • Place of Origin: Italy, Flanders
  • Medium: steel, iron, gold, horn
  • Techniques: furbishing; forging
  • Measurements: overall length: 113 cm; blade length: 86 cm; width: 17.7 cm; weight: 1180 g

The coat of arms engraved on the blade of this sword is related to the Duke of Milan - Visconti family or Sforza. However, the object was probably made in Burgundy and Flanders. Its pommel, made of iron, is gilded and represents a stylised fish tail ending in an horn handle in its second part. This combination of materials and form of the set are almost unique. The sword is actually a ceremonial weapon, but judging by its balanced proportions it is also fully usable in combat.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Musée de Cluny - Musée National du Moyen Âge

Link 6 Jun 1 note Event Review: Fechtschule New York 2014»

Event champion and international competitor Jake Norwood of xKDF reviews FNY 2014.

..and strokes my ego. Just a little bit. ;)

Photo 6 Jun 13 notes mikestumblrfeed:


Joeli Takala. Photo by Timo Toropainen. ‘Hell of a fight provided by Nicolas Gallardo.’
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mikestumblrfeed:

Joeli Takala. Photo by Timo Toropainen. ‘Hell of a fight provided by Nicolas Gallardo.’

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Video 5 Jun 14 notes

Fechtschule New York 2014 Cutting Tournament


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