Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 2

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 2

The Rodella had two uses, one being to protect the user and the second as an offensive weapon itself. Before looking further at this there is simply not enough room to fit a full explanation of the shields use from the 16th century to the 17th as its use changed with the fencing systems as they progressed.

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 1

Sword and shield of the Spanish Part 1

There is one weapon set used throughout the known world, that combination is the sword and shield. In this article we will take a look at the use of a specific type of shield known as a rodella (round shield) in combination with the sword, how it was used and the history behind it. 

Gray School of Arms, Fencing for charity event

Gray School of Arms, Fencing for charity event

July 21st saw the first Gray School of arms fencing for charity event, held in Dublin at the Sean O Casey community centre. The event was in support of the Dublin Simons charity helping to raise funds for the homeless.

Gray School of Arms academia Da Espdada Ireland host Master Ton Puey

Gray School of Arms academia Da Espdada Ireland host Master Ton Puey

Gray School of Arms was happy to host master at arms Ton Puey for a 3rd time back in June 2018 for one day workshop for Academa Da Espada Ireland members.

Teaching fight choreography with Highlander

Teaching fight choreography with Highlander

Nathan Gray is happy to announce that he will be teaching fight choreography for stage and screen with highlanders Adrian Paul at the Sword experience in August 2018.

The iconic Sword and Dagger.

The iconic  Sword and Dagger.

For generations the sword has caught the imagination, either on stage or on screen the sword has been iconic. Not only a symbol of power, justice but also of entertainment and of course martial arts. However there is one particular combination that is even more icon then the sword alone. It rivals even the massive popularity of eastern martial arts in film.

Gaelcon a quick recap

Gaelcon a quick recap

Recently we attended one of Dublin’s largest gaming conventions Gaelcon! Where we put on demonstrations, workshops and talks throughout the day.

Adapting Destreza for the screen Part 2

Adapting Destreza for the screen Part 2

A fight is similar to that of a scene, it has a start, a middle and an end. The main difference is in the time. A real fight can take, at the start a very short or long time to actually begin. Both combatants circling each other, neither wanting to make the first move as it could very well be their last.

Adapting Destreza for the screen.

Adapting Destreza for the screen.

or a long time the entertainment industry has made use of martial arts. It has inspired generations of young and old to take up the martial practices, ether eastern or western. From the early days of the roman amphitheater in Rome with their depictions of the Gallic tribes falling to Caesar’s legions, to the displays of Shakespeare in the globe theatre in London,