Creating Mental Space

Creating Mental Space

One of the things I took with me when I got seriously involved with fencing in the SCA is a background in Oriental martial arts. I studied and taught Shaolin Kempo Karate, a discipline that, like most commercialized oriental martial arts, overemphasized drilling and under-emphasized practical application. What's more, when...Read more
Stillness of the Combative Mind

Stillness of the Combative Mind

We've all been there—you're in an argument with someone, and there's a lull where neither of you are talking. You feel like someone has to say something or you'll just sit there staring at each other as the tension mounts to an insufferable degree. Before you know it, you're babbling—just...Read more
Being a Serious Beginner

Being a Serious Beginner

Back in late 2014, I received an award which was, at the time, the highest form of recognition for fencing in the SCA's Middle Kingdom (Indiana and the states surrounding it). It was and still is a deeply humbling honor, but one that came with a certain weight of responsibility....Read more