The History Files #57: Western Martial Arts

59 mins - Published Thu, Jun 16, 2016 by Gordon Frye, Nancy Frye and Nathan Barnett

It’s our first “live” edition of the show; a spirited discussion with Nathan Barnett, talking about the resurgence in Western Martial Arts, which it turns out has a lot to do with swords and fists. We recorded this episode in Port Townsend, WA at the 2016 Brass Screw Confederacy, an annual Steampunk festival that takes over the entire 19th century-era city.

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