Today was a great day. Any day I get to sword fight is a great day. I couldn't wait to meet with the group this morning. Over the last four weeks I've treated about 20 patients with COVID-19, this makes over 400 patients in total in the last 18 months. And, with all this excitement, … Continue reading Saturday Sword and Buckler
Saber and Rapier Training
I look forward to Saturdays. They decompress me. This Saturday was not different. Our focus this last weekend was getting inside the opponent's striking range and consistent strikes while conserving energy. Greg is a fantastic teacher. See one, do one, teach one is the approach. We start with sabers. Notice a couple things. First, look … Continue reading Saber and Rapier Training
Why Do You Do That Sword Fighting Thing?
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?
The Training Continues
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
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
Sparing with Greg and Lucas
Watch these two seasoned fencers from our group as they do some sparing (March 2021) . . . https://vimeo.com/543693442
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”