I was asked, recently, by a friend, "Why do you do that sword fighting thing?" As I've pondered this question, I found my answer in the words of Jack Donovan. “Strength, courage, mastery, and honor are the alpha virtues of men all over the world. They are the fundamental virtues of men because without them, … Continue reading Why Do You Do That Sword Fighting Thing?
Did I tell you that I love Saturday mornings? I look forward to sword fighting days. I am invigorated by these mornings. I look forward to testing myself against those in the group. This weekend we had a new student join us and Greg wanted to focus on two handed saber fighting. I love two … Continue reading I Love Saturday Mornings
A patient turned to me as I was getting ready to leave the exam room. "Doctor," he said, "I am afraid to die. Tell me what awaits me on the other side." I turned to him and quietly replied, "I don't know . . ." "You don't know? You're a Christian man and a doctor. … Continue reading On the Other Side
I have been busy this last month and between work, life and the excessive temperatures of up to 115 degrees, I haven't been able to record as much video as I'd like. However, I've got some good video of many of the Loyal Order of the Sword students working with Greg, our Sword Master. Below … Continue reading The Training Continues
In a war that featured, for the first time in history, “modern” formidable weapons like grenades, mortars, machine guns, flamethrowers, and armored tanks, an eccentric young British soldier decided early on to buck this traditional convention and stick with the weapon with which he was most comfortable. This soldier has become one of my favorite … Continue reading Mad Jack Churchill
It's taken me a few weeks, but I finally got to edit the video of Greg and I sparing with rapier and dagger. This was a memorable training session, with Greg's lightening fast strikes to the head whenever my defenses were open. Did I tell you that I just love fencing with rapier and dagger? … Continue reading Adam & Greg Continuous Sparing
Even if I lack the talent, I will not abandon the effort on that account . . . We do not abandon any discipline for despair of ever being the best at it. The nearer a man comes to calming his mind, the closer he is to his greatest strength.
It's Monday, again. I slept for 7 1/2 hours. I woke feeling very rested. But, my week's already filled with a hundred inane tasks of paper pushing, signatures and mental demands . . . It feels like everyone and everything is darting into my office and blowing up my phone to tear the flesh from … Continue reading The Drug I’ve Started to Depend On
I was reminded this morning upon looking at the date that today, June 6, is a day that holds great meaning and tremendous sacrifice. The U.S., Canadian, and British allied forces invaded the Nazi-held beaches in Normandy, France, on this day, 77 years ago in 1944. Over the years, I’ve had about twenty patients that … Continue reading That Pivotal Day 77 Years Ago