Why You Should Practice at Practice

Spar to Practice, Not to Win One of the biggest and most difficult changes I have attempted to make in the past couple years is to actually practice at practice rather than focus on winning. That's hard to do in the typical SCA fencing practice, where people show up, gear...Read more
Three Kinds of Fighters

Three Kinds of Fighters

There are three kinds of fighters, particularly in the SCA. Now, before we go any further I will be the first to admit that this is not an exhaustive list. There are of course nuances outside the scope of this article and that's perfectly fine. This merely serves as a...Read more

Stop Quoting Bruce Lee Part I

"Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own." —The mantra of every beginner. If I had a dollar for every time I heard a new-mid level fighter tell me some version of this quote, I could pay off my student loans. "But Bruce...Read more
Why Point Control Drills Are Overrated

Why Point Control Drills Are Overrated

Point control drills in rapier are a waste of time. There, catchy headline achieved. Ready to hear me out? Great! Now, the important thing to note here is not that I am hating on hand eye coordination. Getting your body to precisely follow the instructions your brain sent is of...Read more