VIDEO REPLAY: Get Them Coming and Going: How to Exit and Re-enter with Power and Speed


Video replay of Devon Boorman’s workshop from Power, Speed & Grace: Secrets of Effective Movement in Medieval Martial Arts, 20 March 2021.



Devon Boorman of Academie Duello

When you enter into the fight you’re not just going to go forward. When you retreat you’re not just going to escape. In this workshop Devon will teach you the mechanics of movement that allow you to dance at the edge of an opponent’s measure, entering, exiting, and re-entering in a way that is powerful, deceives the opponent, and creates opportunities to strike and control on your terms.

Weapon: Longsword, Sidesword, or Arming Sword (any type of at-home simulator is fine)

Devon Boorman has been practising martial arts since 1986. Starting first with Chinese and Filipino martial arts, Devon discovered western swordplay through the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) which connected him with a burgeoning community of martial artists and scholars studying Historical European Marital Arts throughout the world. Devon has travelled extensively, first as a student, then as a competitor, teacher, and researcher. He has won international tournaments, worked on both stage and screen as a stunt person and choreographer, and is the authour of two DVDs: Introduction to Italian Longsword, and Introduction to Italian Rapier, and a book by the same name, all available through Freelance Academy Press. He is the master instructor of Academie Duello in Vancouver, BC, the world’s largest school of European martial arts.


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