Author Archives: E. W.

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Regular longsword practices continue apace and bring us closer and closer to something that resembles free play. The hand protection issue remains unsettled. There has been some recent progress on this front but much more remains to be done before … Continue reading

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DAUE Saber progress

N.B. and I have been looking at the rough draft of the DAUE saber from A.T., which he supplied, with sample handle and hilt, a few days ago. As shown here the saber has a 32″ blade with I-beam profile, … Continue reading

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Returned yesterday from another trip that had interfered, for about a week, with all things BWAHAHA. Today, modest progress on a few fronts: Called the machine shop to find out what was going on with boring out the stainless steel … Continue reading

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puge lesson

Today had another in a series of fine pugilism lessons from T.R. We covered the shuffle step and the elbow (Jack Slap) guard. It is good to be back on this horse and to be working on drills that can … Continue reading

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Power v. speed

Finally made it to Escrima (“screaming”) practice. This is a useful counterpoint to sword work because of its emphasis on the biomechanics involved in generating power. In longsword, by contrast, we have become all about speed; as G.W. expresses it, … Continue reading

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Lull turning out to be more stubborn than I had expected. Jiujitsu dojo is temporarily out of commission during move. Missed Saturday escrima practice because of an epic bill-paying session. Sunday pugilism lesson was cancelled because of illness. Have managed … Continue reading

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Contributed in a minor way to moving the jiujitsu dojo to new quarters. Took possession of a kurtka, that being the western equivalent of a judo gi. Did not do any actual working out, however, since the club is suspended … Continue reading

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A.T.’s saber book

The Polish saber book loaned to me by A.T. is Cięcia Prawdziwą Szablą by Wojciech Zabłocki, published in Warsaw in 1989. It has an ISBN number of 83-217-2601-1. At first I had assumed that it was an old nineteenth-century manual, … Continue reading

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Back into action

Back at home, returning to action in between bouts of jet lag. Neck 95% better. Spam infestation quashed. Yesterday, aerobics training only (sorely needed after 7 days of hearty participation in the eating and drinking customs of the scepter’d isle). … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage

On the road in London, made a ritual pilgrimage to the site of the original Bartitsu Club, now the Best Western on Shaftesbury. Did not bother trying to go inside since I am assured that no trace of the original … Continue reading

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