Just over 2 years ago, I went to my first tournament. It wasn’t anything too stressful or confusing for me – I had trained HEMA for 8 years by that point and I felt confident enough in my fencing. After … Continue reading First tournament? Train, prepare, learn.
This is a bit of a complicated review. It is a joint effort between me and my fellow assistant-instructor Angel Chernaev, who ordered his Aureus last year. We both tested the feder(s) extensively, but in the end, he wrote about … Continue reading The Aureus Feder Review – the feder that is almost a sword
One of the things I have learned about confidence is when you fake it long enough, you can actually bring out the real thing with a bit of effort. While there was plenty of babbling, many details I want to … Continue reading Teaching a first workshop – how it went & full video
Last week, I told you all about a first for me – teaching a small workshop at a small event outside of my school. The plan in the meantime was to do some testing with the planned lesson. Teaching a … Continue reading Teaching a workshop for the first time – testing and last touches
For years, Italian rapier has ruled HEMA for a very simple reason – Spanish rapier, the other big school from the 1600s, was not accessible to most people. Thus the great Verdadera Destreza remained ignored, aside from the few HEMAists … Continue reading More Destreza is coming in English
Some people act like hand sniping is some crappy, fake, or sporty swordsmanship approach. No, you cannot just cut the hand from the safest distance possible! After all, damaging your opponent while keeping yourself safe is not what fencing is … Continue reading Love to handsnipe? Go get yourself a Handhunter trophy.