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.
Should we abandon the historical sources and teach whatever works in sparring?
A rapid look over the first few weeks of my beginner's class.
A slightly more detailed review than I can usually manage...
Keeping focussed can do wonders for your fencing, here's how I try to manage it...
Teaching isn't just going to benefit the student. I look at what you might learn as you pass on your skills.
After a major event like the Féile na Gaiscígh I seem to be experiencing an energetic lull. The next event I am involved is in a couple of weeks so it's back to training as normal. To keep pace with my less than hectic HEMA schedule this will be a less than hectic post. As I … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘style’ and how to get the most out of it.