What do you do when you can’t sleep . . . ?

I woke up in the middle of the night, actually the early hours of this morning, . . . mind spinning through all the fun I've had with my family and friends fencing. I really truly enjoy the experiences this has brought to my life. So, I sat down at the computer, and I compiled … Continue reading What do you do when you can’t sleep . . . ?

Sparing Practice – May 1, 2021

For the first time in years, I feel like a 14 year old boy. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to fencing with the members of my group. I literally dream about it regularly. It has become one of the few things in my life that actually completely de-stresses me. I've uploaded … Continue reading Sparing Practice – May 1, 2021

Continuous Fencing at Swordfish

In watching some of the world class fencing through the HEMA competitions I came across a continuous fencing exhibition that is being piloted in Sweden. I hope they continue this. I love it! This is much like our sparing practice and requires a much greater level of physical fitness to continuously fence for 2 minutes … Continue reading Continuous Fencing at Swordfish

How Was Your Sunday?

Topics I pondered upon today: Many men spend their entire lives fishing without ever knowing that it isn't fish they're after. . .  2. Morality is the basis of civility.  Truth is the substance of morality.  The difference between man and beast is the ability to recognize truth over instinct.  If you dispense with truth, you destroy civilization and turn … Continue reading How Was Your Sunday?

Were You Really Born to Be a Bad Egg?

Here is what the last 100 years of civilization has taught you and I about masculinity: As a whole, men are all bad eggsTraditional male values like aggression and toughness are badWomen, by default, are good.The only good men are those who have seen the light, worked hard to rectify their innate deficiencies and have … Continue reading Were You Really Born to Be a Bad Egg?

When Hollywood Actually Gets It Right

One of the most realistic fight scenes ever portrayed is the final fight between Rob Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson) and Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth). It is a fight between brute strength and size versus speed, skill and agility. What makes this so realistic is that they aren't pulling strikes and the filming is continuous, there … Continue reading When Hollywood Actually Gets It Right

Light Saber Fight Scene

Fight scene in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace that occurs with Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) & Obi-One Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) facing off with Darth Maul (Ray Park) and his double sided light saber. I found it fascinating to see that Liam Neeson had the same fighting style here as he did in Rob Roy. He … Continue reading Light Saber Fight Scene