Conversation With: Gemini Asonte

Gemini Asonte, head of the Knight's Quest Academy, joins Scott Farrell for a conversation about his style of medieval combat, and how he teaches his students to be safe, train hard, and be knightly.

Conversations With Chivalry Today #2: Oplomachia trainer Gemini Asonte

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Gemini Asonte, whose training style can be seen on the new Oplomachia: Basic Sword And Shield DVD, in his training studio at Knight's Quest Academy contemplates the question, "Can a knight have too much armor?"

Gemini Asonte, whose techniques of historical sword combat can be seen on the new Oplomachia: Basic Sword And Shield DVD, in his training studio at Knight’s Quest Academy as he contemplates the question, “Can a knight have too much armor?”

If you want evidence that chivalry isn’t dead in today’s world, all you need to do is visit a quiet suburban neighborhood in the Calif. town of Turlock, just east of San Jose, where you’ll find a school called the Knight’s Quest Academy of Chivalry. There, on pretty much any afternoon or evening, you’ll see the school’s founder Gemini Asonte, teaching students of all ages – from 5 up to 50 and beyond – his particular brand of combat with swords and other medieval weaponry, which he calls oplomachia.

Gemini himself has more than 30 years of experience in martial arts of all sorts, and, as you might expect with such a background, his method incorporates a variety of foundational techniques in a very systematic approach to learning the medieval sword-fighting skills. Beyond his considerable talents in sword combat however, Gemini’s program also involves teaching medieval arts and sciences, and exploring the values and ideals of the code of chivalry. In that way, Gemini’s medieval combat school creates truly Renaissance men and women.

Fortunately you don’t have to make a pilgrimage to the Knight’s Quest Academy in order to begin your study of oplomachia – Gemini’s teaching can be seen on his video podcast The Modern Medieval, which you can find on YouTube, as well as on his first instructional DVD, Oplomachia: Basic Sword and Shield, which has just been released by Knight’s Quest.

Gemini Asonte joins show host Scott Farrell (the two are pictured together, above, at a recent medieval reenactment festival and martial arts tournament) for a conversation about his style of medieval combat, and how he goes about the task of teaching his students to – as he puts it – be safe, train hard, and be knightly … by following the code of chivalry.
Quicklinks – Use the links below to find the on-line resources mentioned in this podcast:

Below – Watch Gemini’s training video on how to wield a spear in medieval knightly fashion:
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About Scott Farrell

Scott Farrell is the founder and director of the Chivalry Today Educational Program. He gives dozens of live presentations on the history and values of chivalry every year at schools, libraries, and civic and professional organizations throughout Southern California. His thoughts and conversations on chivalry can be heard worldwide every month on his Chivalry Today Podcast. His essays on the code of chivalry have appeared in numerous magazines and books, including Living A Life Of Value (Jason Merchey, editor) and the forthcoming Martial Arts And Philosophy (Damon Young, editor).

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