Beliefs About Talent

Beliefs About Talent

I recently came across an infographic from The Practice of Practice that did a great job illustrating the difference between those who regard talent as something you have (static) and those who regard talent as something you have to earn (variable). Although the graphic references musical skill, it applies well...Read more
On Coaching and Teaching

On Coaching and Teaching

Picture this: I’m at a small Local SCA event. Thunderclouds loom over the open-walled, tin-roofed barn where the only fencers who bother to show up are a couple of totally green novices, two of my cadets and me. Everyone else, including other locals, have been scared off by the weather....Read more
Modding “Amazon Special” Gauntlets

Modding “Amazon Special” Gauntlets

Three Mods to Make Cheap Hourglass Gauntlets Usable Need to score some passible rigid hand protection? Maybe you've been eyeing these ubiquitous mitts and wondering if they'd possibly do the trick for C&T. It could be their dashing good looks or their even more attractive price tag, but a lot...Read more

A Fresh Start

Good news! I've decided to come back to posting here, despite giving up on the club. That's not really a bad thing. After making some major life changes, including losing about 200 pounds, dedicating more time to my family, and deciding to return to school while holding down a full-time...Read more

Living off the Edge

Life happens, and for this reason we've suspended activity at the Edge of the World. My fascination for all things related to HEMA/WMA has not ceased, but until this club resumes, I feel uncomfortable posting additional articles here. Instead, my plan is to post articles on fencing among the many...Read more
Identity, Failure, Humility, and Growth

Identity, Failure, Humility, and Growth

A Crisis of Expectations and Failure It's easy to become emotionally derailed, when part of your identity is based on being good at something competitive, such as fencing. Sometimes, doing poorly during casual free play or suffering an early tourney loss is all it takes to start a trend, as...Read more
A Methodical Approach to Fencing

A Methodical Approach to Fencing

Summary This article covers a scaffolded method of synthesizing key fencing techniques from primitive building blocks, using a representation of the late-period Italian lunge based on the teaching of Giganti as an example. I: Method vs Material Where the subject of thrust-oriented rapier fencing is concerned, I am an Italian...Read more
6 Rules of Mechanical Advantage

6 Rules of Mechanical Advantage

Ever wonder why a fencing technique you know should have worked didn't? Chances are, you violated one or more at the core principles of mechanical advantage. This is fairly common, since many fencers never break these principles down into simple rules. In fact, it's entirely fair to say that a...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Putting it All Together At last! After forming a boss, building a press, and making a blank, the only thing left was to put it all together and add the final touches. In the greater scheme, this meant accomplishing three final tasks: Prepping and attaching the boss Creating and attaching...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Framing the Blank There's something exciting and deeply intimidating about having pristine raw materials before you. There's so much potential there, yet so many opportunities to totally botch the job too. If you've been following along with my other posts, I probably don't need to highlight my particular obsession with...Read more