I.33 Video Book

I.33 Video Book

Here it is, a video book version of I.33! A lot of time and effort went into this project, and it’s been a labor of love on so many levels. I’d like to tell you why I did it and also how I did it. But mostly, I hope people...Read more
How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

A while back I made a pair of training bucklers for the study of I.33, and they’ve gotten a lot of attention from my fellow WMA enthusiasts. So, I figured I’d make a step-by-step tutorial on how to make what I’ve affectionately dubbed a “dog bowl buckler.” I have to...Read more
2 Affordable Arming Swords

2 Affordable Arming Swords

A Critical Review and Comparrison of the Hanwei Tinker Pearce and Castille Armory Arming Swords If you’ve read my post about choosing The Right Tool for the Job, then you already know that we only recently transitioned from using embarrassingly ad hoc arming swords made from hacked down Zen Warrior...Read more
The Right Tool for the Job

The Right Tool for the Job

In my day job, I work for a company that sells everything from beginner guitars to the gear you’d need to outfit a professional recording studio or full-scale performance venue, and one of the things I learned early on is that there’s no substitution for the right tool. Sure, you...Read more
How to Build a Hardhat Mask Back

How to Build a Hardhat Mask Back

One of the questions I get asked the most about SCA C&T and WMA fencing is how to create rigid back-of-the-head protection on a budget. It’s actually pretty easy to convert a cheap hard hat into perfectly acceptable back-of-head (BoH) protection, and while my method uses a few common workshop...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
Welcome to The Edge of the World

Welcome to The Edge of the World

Welcome to The Edge of the World historical fencing academy. My name is Philipp, and I’m the proprietor of this small WMA group, located in Fort Wayne, IN. My group is dedicated to the study and promotion of Western Martial Arts (WMA) and Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), and most...Read more