There was no post last week as all the things seemed to be happening all at once, work, home and everything else as well. I'm really pleased that there has been a lot of discussion around the subject of my last post. The Irish HEMA scene does seem serious about making tournaments safer, reducing injuries … Continue reading SportyHEMA vs The Art – My take on a divisive issue.
It's not often that I get to combine my twin passions of Historical Fencing and anti-authoritarian politics; but when I can I do!
Spring is the start of the year. Up here, on the margins of Europe, afloat on the choppy North Atlantic January 1st has little meaning in terms of planning and achieving things. I spent the last couple of months this winter wondering if the tin roof of the cabin I live in would get ripped … Continue reading Plans for 2019
What do we want from HEMA and how do we get it?
I start by talking about gear and then spiral off into a pseudo-academic analysis of 'culture'.
Dealing with disillusionment. I .take a reflexive look at getting jaded and getting over it
Back in the mood to write about historical fencing in Ireland, the Féile na Gaiscígh offers the perfect opportunity.
Now I have everything I need to learn me some sidesword: a suitable sword, a treatise to work from and adequately puffy leg wear. Here are my initial thoughts.
I have been flip-flopping in my opinions regarding competitive events. This blog started out as a way to report on the IHFL and how I performed at the various legs, but I have come to realise that purely competitive fencing can have some negative consequences for the 'quality' of my fencing and also my enjoyment … Continue reading Pros and Cons of competition.
Today's post looks at the potential pitfalls and benefits of one of our favourite training tools: Sparring.