PlayFighting’s New Look

This is the new look of PlayFighting. You’ll notice changes of appearance, but nothing has changed in my focus or delivery of stage combat classes and choreography. So take a look around, and let me know what you think.

Open House at Academie Duello

Two events are happening at Academie Duello next weekend. If you haven’t seen the size, decor and amenities at the school’s new location at 412 W. Hastings, you must attend. And if you know what a great facility it is, you’ll discover the new museum, and see some exciting performances. Saturday 7:30pm: An Evening of […]

Stage Combat Articles This Week: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I’ve been away from the blog for a few weeks, at the FDC National Workshop in Waterloo, then the process of moving from Toronto to Vancouver. In the meantime, there have been a few news items about stage combat, and I’ve picked three for you today: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. As is […]

Bartitsu Workshop Wrap Up

I taught bartitsu and neo-bartitsu this past Sunday at Academie Duello. This was an all-day workshop from 10am to 5pm. Although the day was hot, and we had to share the salle with the secondaries workshop happening concurrently, I consider it a success. Attendance We had 6 participants, which was an ideal number for this […]

The Sword Really Is An Extension of Your Arm

Image via Wikipedia “You must practice until the sword becomes an extension of your body.” A study published recently in the journal Current Biology shows that when you use a tool, your brain incorporates it into your body-plan. The idea of tools being part of your body (especially an expert) is not a new idea. […]

David Carradine Has Fought His Last

The sad news is that David Carradine was found dead in a hotel room yesterday. There is an ongoing investigation and there will be an autopsy, but there is already wild speculation around the web. Here is a good article that both details his life and the circumstances of his death: Actor David Carradine Murdered […]

Sword Master F. Braun McAsh

Last Friday, I had the honour of meeting sword master F. Braun McAsh. His claim to fame is the Highlander TV series. And that is how he is introduced by everyone. Highlander TV SwordMaster His pledge to the producers was that he would provide an original move or way of using a weapon in every […]