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
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