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 look forward to Saturday mornings. To be frank, Sword fighting days are my therapy, this morning was no different. Sword fighting is a release valve for all the adrenaline, dopamine and cortisol that builds up in my system over the week. As a physician who sees 30-40 people per day, I mentally feel like … Continue reading Saturday Morning Sparing in the Heat
I look forward to Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Really, I do. Tuesday evenings, after a long and often stressful day of office patients, I get to pull out my swords, attack with everything I've got and blow off the steam. Tuesdays, Greg does some more intensive teaching. Mind you, it is 95 degrees, dress … Continue reading Some Might Call It “Couples Therapy”
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 . . . ?
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
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
Watch these two seasoned fencers from our group as they do some sparing (March 2021) . . . https://vimeo.com/543693442
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?
I found additional video footage of my wife and daughter training during 2020. It is so exciting to me to see their progression over time. As the year progressed, we added safety gear, armor and started using heavier swords. I cannot say enough about our Swordmaster, Greg. He is just amazing. Sword fighting is the … Continue reading Training Highlights from 2020
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