57 episodes

Guy Windsor and friends discuss sword training, historical swordsmanship, research, and other topics. Guests include well-known instructors and experts in the field.

The Sword Guy Podcast theswordguy

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Guy Windsor and friends discuss sword training, historical swordsmanship, research, and other topics. Guests include well-known instructors and experts in the field.

    Movement Matters with Katy Bowman

    Movement Matters with Katy Bowman

    The Sword Guy Podcast, episode 54





    Bestselling author, speaker, and a leader in the Movement movement, biomechanist Katy Bowman has been changing the way we move and think about our need for movement. Her eight books, including the groundbreaking “Move Your DNA” and “Movement Matters” have been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide. Bowman teaches movement globally and speaks about sedentarism and movement ecology to academic and scientific audiences. Her work has been featured in diverse media such as the Today Show, CBC Radio One, the Seattle Times, and Good Housekeeping. One of Maria Shriver’s “Architects of Change” and an America Walks “Woman of the Walking Movement”, Katy has worked with companies like Patagonia, Nike and Google as well as a wide range of non-profits and other communities, sharing her “move more, move more body parts, move more for what you need” message.  Her movement education company, Nutritious Movement, is based in Washington State, where she lives with her family. 


    In our conversation we talk about form, feet, injuries, and Jess Finley’s ‘hooky’ acromion process (it’s part of your shoulder). When you use swords, or do any other sport, the movements - or lack of - that you do all of the rest of the time when you are not doing swords create your ability to move freely and effectively with a sword in your hand. What is your body doing when it is not doing swords?


    We mention Ruth Goodman’s book, How to be a Tudor. You can find out more here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/287/287072/how-to-be-a-tudor/9780241973714.html and listen to our podcast episode here: https://guywindsor.net/2021/04/fire-and-cauldrons-episode44/


    If the section on barefoot shoes inspires you, check out Freet shoes https://freetbarefoot.com Use this code at checkout: THESWORDGUY10 to get 10% off- and if you do, I’ll also get a small commission. Yay!


    The author mentioned when we are talking about Finland is Robert Holdstock, the Mythago Wood series.





    We also discuss sedentary culture, what it’s doing to us and our kids, and how we might improve our environment to make movement more likely. Human movement is at an all-time low and our children are currently facing both a movement and nature deficiency, with physical, mental and environmental consequences.  The good news is, while the problem feels massive, the solution is quite simple…and fun! Katy’s forthcoming book, “Grow Wild: The Whole-Child, Whole-Family, Nature-Rich Guide to Moving More” is out in the UK on 24th June, SRP £24.99, published by Propriometrics Press; distributed by Chelsea Green Publishing. 


    On Bookshop UK: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/grow-wild-the-whole-child-whole-family-nature-rich-guide-to-moving-more/9781943370160


    On amazon UK.: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grow-Wild-Whole-Child-Whole-Family-Nature-Rich/dp/1943370168/ref=sr_1_1?crid=29X0ZIYTB1DAG&dchild=1&keywords=grow+wild+book+katy+bowman&qid=1615844073&sprefix=grow+wild%2Caps%2C225&sr=8-1


     


    Katy’s web/social media links:


    https://www.nutritiousmovement.com


    https://www.facebook.com/NutritiousMovement/


    https://www.instagram.com/nutritiousmovement/


     


    For more information about the host Guy Windsor and his work, as well as transcriptions of all the episodes, check out his website at https://guywindsor.net/


    And to support the show, come join the Patrons at  https://www.patreon.com/theswordguy

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Turning the tables, with Guy and Jess

    Turning the tables, with Guy and Jess

    The Sword Guy Podcast, episode 53





    To celebrate a whole year of The Sword Guy Podcast, we are going right back to where it all began, with Jess Finley. Except this time the tables are turned and it’s Jess interviewing me! In our wide-ranging conversation we talk about my history of antiques restoration and starting a sword school. We also talk in depth about flipping hierarchies on their head to give students what they want, and how to deal with those rare students who roll their eyes at our teaching. Jess also gets to ask the now very familiar question: "What’s the best idea you have never acted upon?”


     


    For more information about the host Guy Windsor and his work, as well as transcriptions of all the episodes, check out his website at https://guywindsor.net/


    And to support the show, come join the Patrons at  https://www.patreon.com/theswordguy


     


     

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Challenge of the Month: meditate in June

    Challenge of the Month: meditate in June

    For a free meditation class, see: https://swordschool.teachable.com/p/free-courses-human-maintenance-longsword-rapier


    For a complete transcription and other cool stuff, see guywindsor.net/podcast


    And check out the Paradoxes of Defence audiobook here: guywindsor.net/silver

    • 10 min
    The Sparkle School, with Claire Wemyss

    The Sparkle School, with Claire Wemyss

    Episode 52





    Claire Wemyss lives in Vancouver and is a coach, educator, and co-founder of Kunst des Funkelns, which focusses on the martial arts of medieval Germany and runs from Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly. In this episode, Claire describes how she and her training partner Jon Mills came up with the name of Kunst des Funkelns, her love for the Messer, and why play-based learning is so important. 


    Claire is also an ADHD coach, and towards the end of our conversation, she describes how coaches can best work with neurodivergent students, and how neurodivergent students themselves can self-advocate to ensure they get the most out of the learning environment.


    Useful links:


    Kunst des Funkelns on Instagram. 

    I said in the episode I would post a link to Foametheus Forge, but they don’t appear to be in business any more.

    Episode 5 with Kaja Sadowski

    Episode 23 with Da’Mon Stith


    For more information about the host Guy Windsor and his work, as well as transcriptions of all the episodes, check out his website at https://guywindsor.net/


    And to support the show, come join the Patrons at  https://www.patreon.com/theswordguy

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Mines and Mimeographs, with Steven Muhlberger

    Mines and Mimeographs, with Steven Muhlberger

    Episode 51





    Professor Steven Muhlberger is an absolute legend in the historical martial arts community and is a 50 year veteran of the SCA. In this episode we talk about the very early days of the SCA, and how newsletters were vital in spreading the word.


    His books are foundationally important for anyone who is studying medieval martial arts, and they include Deeds of Arms, Jousts and Tournaments, Formal Combat in the Fourteenth Century, Royal Jousts, Murder, Rape and Treason: Judicial Combat in the Late Middle Ages and all sorts of other titles too. You can find more information at http://smuhlberger.weebly.com/


    As you can see from the list of book titles, Steven is something of an expert in chivalric combat in the 14th century, and in our conversation he describes some that took place in France, and his favourite story of the Duke of Bourbon fighting some English roughnecks in a tiny mine, which led to a great result for all involved.


    Read more from Steven in Muhlberger's World History blog:  http://smuhlberger.blogspot.com/


    For more information about the host Guy Windsor and his work, as well as transcriptions of all the episodes, check out his website at https://guywindsor.net/


    And to support the show, come join the Patrons at  https://www.patreon.com/theswordguy

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Silver's Paradoxes- in glorious audio!

    Silver's Paradoxes- in glorious audio!

    guywindsor.net/silver


    In 1599 George Silver, gentleman, published his Paradoxes of Defence, which lambastes the outlandish (i.e. foreign) Italian rapier fencing that was becoming popular in England, and offers an extraordinary window into the medieval martial arts that the rapier was superceding.


    Whatever you think about Silver, or rapier fencing, his book is simply essential reading for all historical martial artists. It is one of the few historical fencing sources that doesn't rely on images, so it struck me that it would make an excellent audiobook. Why not listen to Silver in the car, while cooking, doing housework, or whatever else?


    And, why not have him read not only in our modern pronunciation, but also in Original pronunciation?


    I hired Jonathan Hartman to do a modern narration, and Ben Crystal to do the Original pronunciation. Renowned historical harpist Andrew Lawrence-King is providing the musical punctuation.


    This project provides Silver's work in an accessible format, and an unmissable opportunity to compare and contrast the two versions.
    If you are a sword person, a historian, a linguist, re-enactor or a Shakespeare fan, this is for you.


    I've put together a crowdfunding campaign to help raise funds to pay for the rest of the work. If you think this is a good idea, please support it! 


     

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An absolute gem!

Not just swords, but history, how to live better and even the meaning of life.

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Not just swords, but always a joy

This is the one podcast that I look forward to the most each week. Always an interesting, engaging and illuminating discussion around something to do with historical martial arts and swords, but moving off into related tangents such as dogfighting in war planes, falconry, medieval fashions, video games, The Lord of The Rings, Sherlock Holmes, Star Wars, footwear, you name it! Each spoil side is an hour well spent. Listen in, you won’t regret it.

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