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
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
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
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
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
10 (not-so) Simple Tips for Fencing

10 (not-so) Simple Tips for Fencing

While going over some old notes and half-finished articles, I came across a little gem titled 10 Simple Tips for Fencing. I'm fairly certain that when I originally wrote this note, I was speaking mostly to myself, trying to convince myself to observe the few practical guidelines I'd begun to...Read more
Liechtenauer Audiobook

Liechtenauer Audiobook

Looking for the Liechtenauer Audiobook? Here it is! You can download it too if you like here (right click and choose "Save Link As," or whatever your browser's equivalent is).Read more