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Gootloader infection cleaned up   Leave a comment

Dear blog owner and visitors, This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 287 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 418 visitors. I tried my best to clean up the infection, […]

Posted February 27, 2022 by Wistric in Uncategorized

Adding Padding to your Gloves for C&T   Leave a comment

With the recent change to the C&T rules, fencers are now required to have padding on the backs of their hands, fingers, and down to 1″ below the wrist when fighting with single-handed weapons. This requirement can be met in a number of ways – such as buying a pair of padded gloves. However, many […]

Posted December 11, 2018 by Gawin in Uncategorized

Drills of the week #3: November 15, 2018   Leave a comment

With only Verena and me at last week’s practice, we worked on cleaning up the Giganti plate 4 & 5 drills we worked the previous week. This week was our first indoor practice – except we were locked out of the building. Warm-ups: 25 lunges “Gawin says” footwork drill: Everybody except the “caller” lines up. […]

Posted November 16, 2018 by Gawin in Uncategorized

Skillfully Teaching Skill   11 comments

Teaching is a profession that a lot of people think they understand because they went to school and saw teachers do their jobs every day for years. Maybe they showed a young relative how to tie their shoes, or finger paint, or make a sandwich. Those people are wrong. Very wrong, to the degree that […]

Posted March 16, 2017 by Dante di Pietro in Teaching and Training, Uncategorized

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Limited Front Engagements: Attacking a Killing Cup   8 comments

One of the more difficult tactical situations that arises during SCA rapier melees is the limited front. These typically take the form of doorways that must be breached in order to capture objectives and they are often the source of frustration, especially in larger melees such as the Siege of LaRochelle at Pennsic. The conventional […]

Posted December 13, 2016 by Gawin in Uncategorized

You Lost and Your Opponent Won   1 comment

The sun was in my eyes, my opponent was tall, their blade was longer, my sleeve snagged on something, I slipped, they were a MOD. One of my biggest pet peeves in fencing is when someone loses and then attempts to blame something/someone that deflects all fault from themselves. I have made similar excuses in […]

Posted November 30, 2016 by Torse in Uncategorized

Concussions in Fencing 5: Armoring Up   22 comments

(Ed. This is part 5 of a multi-part series. Comments that indicate a failure to read previous entries shall be mocked and, possibly, moderated with extreme prejudice. The author took the time to do the research, you can take the time to read it) (Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4) What Causes Concussions: As we […]

Posted November 15, 2016 by Gawin in Teaching and Training, Uncategorized

Key distinctions between Physical measure and Effective measure and why it matters:   Leave a comment

Physical measure is the largest space between you and your opponent where you can land a single tempo blow.  Ex: a lunge   Effective measure is largest space between you and your opponent where you can land a single tempo blow while your opponent is defending themselves.   This distinction is very important. When fencing, […]

Posted October 19, 2016 by Torse in Uncategorized

A plan in four parts   27 comments

This year I am looking at 15 years in the SCA, 8 as a White Scarf, 4 as a Laurel, and 1 as a Master of Defense. In that time, I think I’ve figured a few things out, though mostly a lot later than I’d have preferred. More on that below! I have been thinking […]

Posted March 8, 2016 by Dante di Pietro in Uncategorized

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Five Minute Lessons: Teaching at Events   2 comments

Motivation: Last April, I moved to Calontir, a land where, up until just a few years ago, there was no fencing. Calontir’s Steel program (as opposed to rattan) is somewhat unique in the Known World, as it is cut & thrust default. However, because the program is relatively new, most of the fighters are also […]

Posted December 17, 2015 by Gawin in Uncategorized