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Yesterday was Week 6 of our Smallsword SPT! Just look at their FORM! 🤩⚔️
11/01/2022

Yesterday was Week 6 of our Smallsword SPT! Just look at their FORM! 🤩⚔️

On Saturday we had the pleasure of attending USITT Chesapeake and MTEA’s Fall Focus & Expo! We met a lot of industry pro...
10/31/2022

On Saturday we had the pleasure of attending USITT Chesapeake and MTEA’s Fall Focus & Expo! We met a lot of industry professionals and great companies, as well as debuted our ‘Stage Combat Meets Stagecraft’ lecture.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the table, and thank you to the organizers who made us feel welcome. We hope to see you next year!

We had an amazing time the Virginia Theatre Association Conference in Richmond yesterday!! The students asked very astut...
10/29/2022

We had an amazing time the Virginia Theatre Association Conference in Richmond yesterday!! The students asked very astute and thoughtful questions after each of our workshops, and we cannot express how much we appreciated their enthusiastic participation. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the table, feel free to tag us in any photos you took with the prop weapons!!

We hope everyone we met there has a great time at the rest of the conference, and we hope to see you there next year!

This upcoming week is going to be a busy one for The Noble Blades! Secondly, on Saturday Oct 29th we will be traveling t...
10/23/2022

This upcoming week is going to be a busy one for The Noble Blades!

Secondly, on Saturday Oct 29th we will be traveling to Towson University in Maryland to present a session at the 2022 USITT Chesapeake Section Fall Focus & Expo, hosted alongside the Maryland Theatre Education Association! Our Marketing Manager Kaitlyn De Litta will be managing our table setup throughout the day, while our President Adam Konowe and Managing Director Ian Claar will be leading a session on 'Stage Combat Meets Stagecraft'; we love the graphics that the hosts created about our session, and wanted to share!

If you'll be at the Fall Focus & Expo this weekend, please swing by to see us!!
USITT Chesapeake & MTEA's 2022 Fall Focus & Expo: Let's talk about Tech, baby!

This upcoming week is going to be a busy one for The Noble Blades! First up, on Thursday Oct 27th we will be traveling t...
10/23/2022

This upcoming week is going to be a busy one for The Noble Blades!

First up, on Thursday Oct 27th we will be traveling to Richmond to present three workshops at the 2022 Virginia Theatre Association Conference! Our Marketing Manager Kaitlyn De Litta will be managing our table setup throughout the day, while our President Adam Konowe and Managing Director Ian Claar will be leading workshops! We love the colorful marketing photo that VTA made to announce our participation in the conference this year!! 💜🥰💙

Maintaining the Actor's Body / 11:00am-12:30pm
Intro to Stage Combat / 1:30-2:45pm
Blades of Shakespeare / 3:00-4:00pm

If you'll be at VTA, please swing by to see us!!
VTA 2022: Making an Entrance, Leaving an Impression

Our combatants have made it to Week 5 of our Smallsword SPT! Halfway through this 10 week class, they got to work on som...
10/23/2022

Our combatants have made it to Week 5 of our Smallsword SPT! Halfway through this 10 week class, they got to work on some new choreography today.

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!JAN 29: How to Fight Like a Pirate, taught by Mallory Shear We are excited to announce our Winter...
10/19/2022

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!

JAN 29: How to Fight Like a Pirate, taught by Mallory Shear

We are excited to announce our Winter 2022-2023 class lineup! We are delighted to host a variety of guest artists to teach in-person Sunday morning classes, which will cover a broad scope of topics based on feedback from the community! Please visit our website for class descriptions, instructor bios, and to easily register now!

There is plenty of time to register for these awesome classes while our Fall Smallsword SPT continues, but be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to the Facebook events to make sure you don't miss a single Sunday! https://fb.me/e/31E8XupYm

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!JAN 22: That's Not a Knife... Or Is It?! Appropriate Reactions for: Fear of the Blade, Wounds, De...
10/19/2022

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!

JAN 22: That's Not a Knife... Or Is It?! Appropriate Reactions for: Fear of the Blade, Wounds, Death, and Dying, taught by Jonathan Ezra Rubin

We are excited to announce our Winter 2022-2023 class lineup! We are delighted to host a variety of guest artists to teach in-person Sunday morning classes, which will cover a broad scope of topics based on feedback from the community! Please visit our website for class descriptions, instructor bios, and to easily register now!

There is plenty of time to register for these awesome classes while our Fall Smallsword SPT continues, but be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to the Facebook events to make sure you don't miss a single Sunday! https://fb.me/e/2iI6USIDB

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!JAN 8: Building a Broadsword Foundation, taught by J. Tyler JonesWe are excited to announce our W...
10/19/2022

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!

JAN 8: Building a Broadsword Foundation, taught by J. Tyler Jones

We are excited to announce our Winter 2022-2023 class lineup! We are delighted to host a variety of guest artists to teach in-person Sunday morning classes, which will cover a broad scope of topics based on feedback from the community! Please visit our website for class descriptions, instructor bios, and to easily register now!

There is plenty of time to register for these awesome classes while our Fall Smallsword SPT continues, but be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to the Facebook events to make sure you don't miss a single Sunday!
https://fb.me/e/3zqxlqyPH

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!DEC 18: Fighting Backwards in High Heels: Combat in Period and Restrictive Clothing, taught by Me...
10/19/2022

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!

DEC 18: Fighting Backwards in High Heels: Combat in Period and Restrictive Clothing, taught by Melissa Freilich

We are excited to announce our Winter 2022-2023 class lineup! We are delighted to host a variety of guest artists to teach in-person Sunday morning classes, which will cover a broad scope of topics based on feedback from the community! Please visit our website for class descriptions, instructor bios, and to easily register now!

There is plenty of time to register for these awesome classes while our Fall Smallsword SPT continues, but be sure to mark your calendars and RSVP to the Facebook events to make sure you don't miss a single Sunday!
https://fb.me/e/2dJnBJFUY

Week 4 of our Smallsword SPT! This week, Smallsword students really leaned (or rather, lunged) into the precision of thi...
10/17/2022

Week 4 of our Smallsword SPT! This week, Smallsword students really leaned (or rather, lunged) into the precision of this elegant weapon.

Fall weather, footwork, and friends - oh my!Week 3 of our Smallsword SPT saw fair weather, so we took advantage and held...
10/12/2022

Fall weather, footwork, and friends - oh my!

Week 3 of our Smallsword SPT saw fair weather, so we took advantage and held part of class outside! These students continue to hone their precision work with drills and partnering.

Week 2 of our Smallsword SPT was anything but Lamé! (That’s a fencing joke!) This week our students got to see the simil...
10/05/2022

Week 2 of our Smallsword SPT was anything but Lamé! (That’s a fencing joke!)
This week our students got to see the similarities of the art of smallsword to its predecessor of fencing. After drilling precision at the beginning of class, pairs were able to don proper fencing gear and spar using foils for the second half of class. We cannot wait to see what next week brings!!

This past Sunday we began our Smallsword SPT Class! With 8 students, the rehearsal hall is full of carefully controlled ...
09/28/2022

This past Sunday we began our Smallsword SPT Class! With 8 students, the rehearsal hall is full of carefully controlled steel and precise footwork, led by Robb Hunter with Tyler Jones assisting.

Only 9 DAYS until our Smallsword SPT begins!!In preparation for this 10 week class, we wanted to share some of our past ...
09/16/2022

Only 9 DAYS until our Smallsword SPT begins!!

In preparation for this 10 week class, we wanted to share some of our past posts which merely scratch the surface of the history behind this beautiful weapon. Learn more about Smallswords and the art of wielding them by joining us on Sunday mornings from 9a-12p starting on Sept 25th with Robb Hunter!
https://www.nobleblades.org/worksh.../p/smallsword-spt-class

FUN FACT FRIDAY | Did you know, the modern fencing foils and épée blades used in the Olympics are said to be 'ancestors' of the smallsword? The elegance, speed, and strategy of fencing has drawn competitors and spectators alike to the Olympics; fencing is one of only four sports that have been featured in EVERY modern Olympic Games since 1896, and has expanded into 12 events, with three blades (épée/foil/sabre), both men and women, in individual and team categories.
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Learn more about the art and sport of fencing on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games page, which we found very informative! https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/sports/fencing/

Photo: Natalia Sheppard and Anna Bentley, 2012 London Olympic Games

Only 12 DAYS until our Smallsword SPT begins!!In preparation for this 10 week class, we wanted to share some of our past...
09/14/2022

Only 12 DAYS until our Smallsword SPT begins!!

In preparation for this 10 week class, we wanted to share some of our past posts which merely scratch the surface of the history behind this beautiful weapon. Learn more about Smallswords and the art of wielding them by joining us on Sunday mornings from 9a-12p starting on Sept 25th with Robb Hunter!
https://www.nobleblades.org/workshops1/p/smallsword-spt-class

FUN FACT FRIDAY | Did you know, the smallsword was supposedly the third most popular weapon used by pirates on the high seas? It may be the third most popular for pirates, but it was the primary weapon which the British Royal Navy used to fight pirates during The Golden Age of Piracy, between 1650 and 1720.

While pirates were real and piracy did run rampant for a time, the fictional movie franchise 'Pirates of the Caribbean' featured many blades, such as cutlasses, sabres, and broadswords. However, Will Turner did make a smallsword for James Norrington (Elizabeth Swann's would-be fiancé) in the first movie.

What was your favorite battle of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise?

Only 2 more days to apply to join our Board of Directors! Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are all up for electi...
09/13/2022

Only 2 more days to apply to join our Board of Directors!

Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are all up for election and we'd love to add some new faces to our Board. If you are passionate about safety, arts education, nonprofits, and/or stage combat, The Noble Blades is the place for you! 🥰 ⚔️ 🥰

Apply now! https://www.nobleblades.org/board-elections

Only 13 days until our Smallsword SPT begins!!In preparation for this 10 week class, we wanted to share some of our past...
09/13/2022

Only 13 days until our Smallsword SPT begins!!

In preparation for this 10 week class, we wanted to share some of our past posts which merely scratch the surface of the history behind this beautiful weapon. Learn more about Smallswords and the art of wielding them by joining us on Sunday mornings from 9a-12p starting on Sept 25th with Robb Hunter!
https://www.nobleblades.org/workshops1/p/smallsword-spt-class

TWO WEEKS and just 5 spots left. Sign up today!!
09/11/2022

TWO WEEKS and just 5 spots left. Sign up today!!

3 WEEKS until we begin our Smallsword SPT on Sept 25th, and spots are filling up FAST!! Please join us for this 10 week class taught by Robb Hunter, Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm in Herndon, VA!

Many consider the smallsword to be the final and most refined stage in the development of civilian swords, and not without reason! In training for the stage, this opinion also holds true and we will spend the better part of three months exploring this amazingly quick and deadly weapon. Expect to challenge your body and mind as with no other weapon (you may also look forward to the opportunity to face your classmates, and instructor, in an actual duel). At the end of our training, we will put our skills to the test for a Fight Master from the Society of American Fight Directors.

Follow the link below to register, and we hope to see you there! ⚔️
https://www.nobleblades.org/worksh.../p/smallsword-spt-class

3 WEEKS until we begin our Smallsword SPT on Sept 25th, and spots are filling up FAST!! Please join us for this 10 week ...
09/04/2022

3 WEEKS until we begin our Smallsword SPT on Sept 25th, and spots are filling up FAST!! Please join us for this 10 week class taught by Robb Hunter, Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm in Herndon, VA!

Many consider the smallsword to be the final and most refined stage in the development of civilian swords, and not without reason! In training for the stage, this opinion also holds true and we will spend the better part of three months exploring this amazingly quick and deadly weapon. Expect to challenge your body and mind as with no other weapon (you may also look forward to the opportunity to face your classmates, and instructor, in an actual duel). At the end of our training, we will put our skills to the test for a Fight Master from the Society of American Fight Directors.

Follow the link below to register, and we hope to see you there! ⚔️
https://www.nobleblades.org/worksh.../p/smallsword-spt-class

Don't forget to submit your application to join our Board of Directors! Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are all...
09/04/2022

Don't forget to submit your application to join our Board of Directors! Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are all seats that are up for election. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on September 17th, exactly two weeks from now. Come join us!

4 weeks until we begin our Smallsword SPT on Sept 25th, and 7 spots left to register!! Please join us for this 10 week c...
08/28/2022

4 weeks until we begin our Smallsword SPT on Sept 25th, and 7 spots left to register!! Please join us for this 10 week class taught by Robb Hunter, Sunday mornings from 9am-12pm!

Many consider the smallsword to be the final and most refined stage in the development of civilian swords, and not without reason! In training for the stage, this opinion also holds true and we will spend the better part of three months exploring this amazingly quick and deadly weapon. Expect to challenge your body and mind as with no other weapon (you may also look forward to the opportunity to face your classmates, and instructor, in an actual duel). At the end of our training, we will put our skills to the test for a Fight Master from the Society of American Fight Directors.

Follow the link below to register, and we hope to see you there! ⚔️
https://www.nobleblades.org/workshops1/p/smallsword-spt-class

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!Our Fall SPT is ready to be announced, and we are incredibly excited! Please join us for our Smal...
08/24/2022

NEW CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT!

Our Fall SPT is ready to be announced, and we are incredibly excited! Please join us for our Smallsword SPT taught by Robb Hunter! This 10 week SPT class will be held on Sunday mornings Sep 25-Dec 11 from 9am-12pm in Herndon, VA!

The smallsword of 18th century Western Europe was a beautiful and essential element of daily costume and the hilts, in particular, were very often works of art unto themselves. Yet these weapons were not meant purely for ornamentation. Thousands of French, English, German and Italian nobility would meet their bloody end in a “duel of honor,” often pierced multiple times by the darting tip of this diminutive blade. Many consider the smallsword to be the final and most refined stage in the development of civilian swords, and not without reason! In training for the stage, this opinion also holds true and we will spend the better part of three months exploring this amazingly quick and deadly weapon. Expect to challenge your body and mind as with no other weapon (you may also look forward to the opportunity to face your classmates, and instructor, in an actual duel). At the end of our training, we will put our skills to the test for a Fight Master from the Society of American Fight Directors.

Follow the link below to register, and we hope to see you there! ⚔️
https://www.nobleblades.org/workshops1/p/smallsword-spt-class

Sharing again as we near the end of August, just a few more weeks to apply before we move to the next step of the proces...
08/20/2022

Sharing again as we near the end of August, just a few more weeks to apply before we move to the next step of the process! We are excited at the potential for new Board Members by October 1st! 🥳 Come join us!

Virtual training opportunity, this Sunday, 8/7 from 7:15 to 9:15 EST!Hosted by Collaborative Combat Movement Arts/Stage ...
08/03/2022

Virtual training opportunity, this Sunday, 8/7 from 7:15 to 9:15 EST!

Hosted by Collaborative Combat Movement Arts/Stage Combat Academy of NC and taught by Montgomery Davis!

See original post for details.

THIS SUNDAY 8/7/22:
WORKING WITH DISABLED AND CHRONICALLY ILL PERFORMERS with Montgomery Davis (they/she):
An Open level class on the beginning processes of making our work more accessible. In this class we will discuss terminology and language as well as access and accommodation needs. Then we will get a chance to put these things into practice for feedback or exploration. It won't be all just listening to me talk. *note* These are based on my experiences and what has worked for me, but there are other methods as well.

THIS CLASS WILL BE VIRTUAL ON ZOOM. To sign up, post your desire to attend in comments or message me and I'll message you a link. Class is $20, which you can Venmo/Papypal to Montgomery Davis. (As always, there are discounts and scholarships as needed; send me a message for details.)

Please RSVP in comments to get a link.

Applications are now open to join our Board of Directors! Visit NobleBlades.org/join-us to learn more!
08/01/2022

Applications are now open to join our Board of Directors!
Visit NobleBlades.org/join-us to learn more!

9-8-8 is now live in the United States for Mental Heath Crisis.A huge step forward in mental health emergency care has b...
07/16/2022
The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here's what to know

9-8-8 is now live in the United States for Mental Heath Crisis.
A huge step forward in mental health emergency care has been made with the launching of 9-8-8

Mental health advocates hope the new hotline will make it easier to get support if you're in crisis or helping someone who is. Here's how it works and what could stand in its way.

The RCP Apprentice Programme is an incredible training opportunity for young artists!The Cast and Crew of NEWSIES did an...
07/13/2022
Theatre Review: ‘ Disney’s Newsies The Musical’ by the Reston Community Players Apprentice Program at Capital One Hall

The RCP Apprentice Programme is an incredible training opportunity for young artists!
The Cast and Crew of NEWSIES did an amazing job and we were thrilled to work with them!

“Disney’s Newsies The Musical” is a heartwarming show based on the News Boy Strike of 1899 and the 1992 film. The Broadway musical was nominated for eight Tony Awards and won two—…

07/04/2022
In two weeks!Maintaining the Actor's Body examines safe and repeatable techniques for performing staged violence. How wa...
06/27/2022

In two weeks!
Maintaining the Actor's Body examines safe and repeatable techniques for performing staged violence. How warmups are tuned for the individual, and for the work ahead.

Register today at NobleBlades.org/workshops

Mark your calendars for July 10! Perfect for Directors, Stage Managers, movement artists, movement captains and more. We...
06/20/2022

Mark your calendars for July 10!
Perfect for Directors, Stage Managers, movement artists, movement captains and more. We’ll look at warmups, exercises, stretching for performing heightened physicality on stage.

Register today at NobleBlades.org/workshops

Congratulations to our Spring '22 Knife Skills Proficiency Class! All 14 passed the adjudication, and 6 tests passed wit...
05/01/2022

Congratulations to our Spring '22 Knife Skills Proficiency Class!
All 14 passed the adjudication, and 6 tests passed with Recommendation.

Thank you so much to our fantastic instructor Robb Hunter, and amazing adjudicator Christina Traister!

Today is the 💥LAST DAY for the $215 price💥 to register for the Theatrical Fi****ms Safety Course that we are hosting wit...
04/30/2022

Today is the 💥LAST DAY for the $215 price💥 to register for the Theatrical Fi****ms Safety Course that we are hosting with Flying V ! Robb Hunter will be teaching this 2-day class at the Silver Spring Black Box in Silver Spring, MD on May 21 & 22. There are only

🌟3 SPOTS LEFT🌟

so don't wait to register!! Visit the event page or go to https://www.nobleblades.org/safd-firearm-safety for more information and the registration link!

The Noble Blades are excited to share that our Managing Director Ian Claar  has become an Advanced Actor Combatant with ...
04/25/2022

The Noble Blades are excited to share that our Managing Director Ian Claar has become an Advanced Actor Combatant with the SAFD!

The requirements to become an AAC include Passing a Skills Proficiency Test in all 8 of the SAFD weapon disciplines, with a Recommended Pass in at least 4 of those disciplines.

The Noble Blades are grateful for the level of training, professionalism, and dedication to safety and technique that Ian brings to the troupe. Congratulations, Ian!!

We were delighted to have an Assistant Facilities Attendant at yesterdays Week 8 Knife SPT class! Rhodes has her own ins...
04/11/2022

We were delighted to have an Assistant Facilities Attendant at yesterdays Week 8 Knife SPT class! Rhodes has her own instagram, , so be sure to check her out!! Thank you Bess Kaye for escorting the best Assistant to class!

We thought these were gorgeous and fun! How would your pet do in battle? 🤔
04/07/2022

We thought these were gorgeous and fun!

How would your pet do in battle? 🤔

Week 7 was a blur! Or rather, Robb and Tyler were blurs during this fight. We captured this great photo of the class and...
04/07/2022

Week 7 was a blur! Or rather, Robb and Tyler were blurs during this fight. We captured this great photo of the class and had to share.

Today is the last day to get our Early Bird Price of $185 for Theatrical Fi****ms Safety! We have 6 spots left and they'...
03/31/2022

Today is the last day to get our Early Bird Price of $185 for Theatrical Fi****ms Safety! We have 6 spots left and they're going fast!

Grab yours today at NobleBlades.org/workshops

Week 6 of our Knife SPT class was a fun one! The class worked on blocks and deflections to illustrate intent while maint...
03/29/2022

Week 6 of our Knife SPT class was a fun one! The class worked on blocks and deflections to illustrate intent while maintaining safety.

Da'Mon Stith, the president of the Historical African Martial Arts Association (HAMAA), has the opportunity to create a ...
03/29/2022
Help turn my childhood dream into a reality, organized by Da'Mon Stith

Da'Mon Stith, the president of the Historical African Martial Arts Association (HAMAA), has the opportunity to create a studio to teach, celebrate, appreciate, and build a stable community of skilled practitioners. Please read Da'Mon's own words in the GoFundMe below, as The Noble Blades believe this is incredibly important work and we wish to elevate his voice and mission!

The Universe has spoken... Martial Arts have been an integral part of my li… Da'Mon Stith needs your support for Help turn my childhood dream into a reality

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