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The VirtualBox Networking Primer

The VirtualBox Networking PrimerThe VirtualBox Networking Primer is a no-nonsense guide for the VirtualBox user taking their next steps into virtual networks.

While Oracle VM VirtualBox is a great free tool, the real power of virtualisation comes when you start connecting virtual machines to each other and to the wider world.

Available now in paperback and Kindle Ebook format on Amazon.

Modern Olympic Fencing: Questions and Answers

Modern Olympic Fencing: Questions and AnswersModern Olympic Fencing: Questions and Answers

Robin Catling

The more one learns about swordsmanship, the more one realises how much there is yet to learn.

Despite appearing in every Olympic Games of the modern era, fencing is still not considered a mainstream sport. Despite the reality of an open, welcoming and supportive fencing community, myths persist about the exclusivity, difficulty and cost of fencing.

And yet, with the personal experience of running multiple clubs, coaching hundreds of adults and thousands of children, fencing retains its sense of danger and fun.

For beginners and those thinking of beginning, the common questions about the sport are answered.

Winning at Épée: Techniques for the Shorter Fencer

Winning at Epee coverWinning at Epee: Techniques for the shorter fencer

Robin Catling

In the sport of Modern Olympic Fencing, where the taller fencer notionally has the advantage of reach, the shorter fencer needs every tactical help they can get – especially fencing épée where there is no right-of-way rule.

Winning at Épée takes the shorter fencer through the plays that can shorten the odds; from mobility, timing, tactics and psychology, to recognising and dealing with the danger zone created by that difference in reach.

Practical analysis and advice from experienced fencing coach Robin Catling proves that any fencer of any stature can win at épée.

The Newcomer’s Guide to Competition Fencing

Newcomer's Guide to Competition FencingThe Newcomer’s Guide to Competition Fencing

Robin Catling

In the highly technical sport of Modern Olympic Fencing, stepping up from the club to competition can seem a daunting, baffling prospect – but no longer.

This newcomer’s guide sets out the requirements, formats, rules, etiquette and the all-important technical language. All you need to take your first steps into competition without looking like a wide-eyed novice.

Ideal for the club fencer, parents of fencers or partners of fencers, the Newcomers’ Guide is based on thirty years experience from a competitor and coach. …

The Art of Foil Fencing (2nd Edition)

Image: The Art of Foil Fencing, coverRoy Stocks
Edited by Robin Catling

Roy Stocks’ passion for modern sports fencing came to dominate his life, first as a competitor and later as a coach. As a late-comer to both, Roy lamented the lack of clear, concise, up-to-date books and drafted this manual to try to de-mystify a challenging technical sport. …

The HEMA Heresy [UPCOMING]

Image: The HEMA Heresy book coverReconstructing Historical European Martial Arts

Robin Catling

From Medieval longsword to military sabre, the applied study of Western fighting systems, long supplanted by firearms, is more like combat archaeology.

And while the ‘HEMA’ community tries to keep it real, instructor and author Robin Catling outlines why the mindset of the modern martial artist will always compromise the art…

Sport Fencing: An Introduction [UPCOMING]

Image: Sports Fencing An Introduction, coverRobin Catling

With every action game, movie and TV show featuring a character with a sword on the poster, the iconic status of the weapon continues to grow. Olympic-style sport fencing offers a safe entry to one of the fastest and most demanding of combat sports for all ages and abilities.

Fencing coach Robin Catling provides a whistle-stop tour of sports fencing for the uninitiated, de-mystifying the weapons, the rules and the history of the martial art for the twenty-first century.

 

The Art of Foil Fencing

Roy Stocks, edited by Robin Catling

Roy Stocks’ passion for modern sports fencing came to dominate his life, first as a competitor and later as a coach. As a late-comer to both, Roy lamented the lack of clear, concise, up-to-date books and drafted this manual to try to de-mystify a challenging technical sport.

Re-edited and updated, this edition builds on the basic techniques to consider their application and tactical use in one of the fastest and most demanding of combat sports.