Leanna Learns Rapier Fighting

I was going through some old video on my phone and came across some early video in November, 2019, of my daughter, Leanna, training with her Swordmaster, Greg. Then I found some video from six months later of my wife and daughter learning to use the long sword. Swordfighting is hard work and I am … Continue reading Leanna Learns Rapier Fighting

Three Saber Exercises

Saber fighting is just amazing to watch. My wife is an amazing saber fighter. She has some deadly counter attacks and I have bruises all over my body to prove it. I've been looking for some practice exercises to use during the week between group practices. I came across this Akademia Szermiery video (they do … Continue reading Three Saber Exercises

Rapier & Dagger – My Favorite Fighting Style

This evening, I did some sparing with my sword-master, Greg. I loved every minute of it. After finishing the chores at home, completing the left over charting from the office today, I thought I would watch a few sparing clips, thinking about what I learned while sparing. One of the clips is the duel scene … Continue reading Rapier & Dagger – My Favorite Fighting Style

Sparing Scene – The Last Samurai

The art of Samurai swordsmanship has always fascinated me. I served a church mission in Japan and had the immense pleasure of spending a great deal of time in the rural areas of Japan and the islands of Okinawa. The people of Japan have a very special place in my heart, their culture and the … Continue reading Sparing Scene – The Last Samurai

Sparing Practice with the Group

Twice a week our group, The Loyal Order of the Sword, gathers to practice and train with our Sword Master. Below you can see my wife, Tiffini, on the right, sparing with rapier, then rapier and saber. (She is the one on right in the background.) I have to insert here, watching my wife sword … Continue reading Sparing Practice with the Group

The Loyal Order of the Sword – “Castle Battle”

Over the last few years, my wife, daughter and I have begun fencing and sword fighting [Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Style] with an emphasis on crossover martial arts and street fighting. Our group is The Loyal Order of the Sword here in the Phoenix area. Sword fighting has been one of the best things … Continue reading The Loyal Order of the Sword – “Castle Battle”

Unchangeable Truth

There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson who taught at a small college in the Western United States. Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course his or her freshman year regardless of his or her major. Although Dr. … Continue reading Unchangeable Truth

Washington Plucks Christmas Victory from Defeat

Just before the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the various colonies had sent delegates to Philadelphia to discuss the situation. This body was called the First Continental Congress. In May,1775, the Second Continental Congress met. It was only a body of delegates, but it became the government of the league of colonies and elected George Washington … Continue reading Washington Plucks Christmas Victory from Defeat

Preparing for a Remarkable Future

We live in a remarkable time of turmoil, fear and unknown. Yet, if all that the prophets, both ancient and modern tell us is true, it is a time of great anticipation, and indescribably grandeur. You and I can experience great happiness, excitement and anticipation over the next few years by being prepared. President Russel … Continue reading Preparing for a Remarkable Future