Living off the Edge

Life happens, and for this reason we’ve suspended activity at the Edge of the World. My fascination for all things related to HEMA/WMA has not ceased, but until this club resumes, I feel uncomfortable posting additional articles here. Instead, my plan is to post articles on fencing among the many...Read more
Identity, Failure, Humility, and Growth

Identity, Failure, Humility, and Growth

Although I wrote this for a specific audience of historical fencers, I realize that much of it can be more broadly applied to other martial arts/sports as well. Whatever your background, I hope my experience may be useful to you. A Crisis of Expectations and Failure It’s easy to become...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, sorting out a few items worth republishing at here at The Edge of the World, 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...Read more
Bringing Liechtenauer to Life

Bringing Liechtenauer to Life

Looking for the Liechtenauer Audiobook? Here it is in WAV and lossless M4A formats. Enjoy! Want to know more about this project? Keep reading. The Project When I released my video book version of I.33, I expected to receive a small reaction from the minority of Western martial artists dedicated...Read more