Archive for January 2016

Winter War Maneuvers   12 comments

It has been a long time since we posted anything about melee, so for a change of pace, I thought I’d provide a recap of a melee training that I ran recently. I was not initially planning on attending the event (5 hour drives are the new normal for event travel, but it’s a bit much […]

Posted January 31, 2016 by Gawin in Events, Melee, Teaching and Training

SEVEN YEARS!   Leave a comment

  The first posts (the justification of existence and Wistric’s Weekly Warfare #1) of the Warfare posted Jan 27th, 2009. Happy birthday you beautiful, beautiful beast! Current average post rate: 1.25/Week.

Posted January 27, 2016 by Wistric in Announcements

Thoughts on my Elevation   4 comments

  Tibbie asked me to discuss my thoughts on my elevation (separate from the thoughts relating to peerage in general). I started writing this in November, when my mind was still very full. I’ve let it simmer for a while to see if things sort themselves out and if I can find better words, because […]

Posted January 27, 2016 by Wistric in Musings

A Cold Day in January   2 comments

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of one of the most formative days in my study of historic Italian rapier fencing. Initially, I didn’t write about the day because it always seemed that I’d have even more insight about the day in the near future. This continued until months had passed, then years and it no […]

Posted January 25, 2016 by Gawin in Journal

So, You Want to Learn to Fence…   11 comments

Actually, this will end up being more about learning in general, and how to effect skill and knowledge development as an autodidact. Most of us are, to one degree or another, self-taught, and so having a better understanding of how to learn without direct instruction is invariably useful. Before we begin, you must accept and […]

Posted January 23, 2016 by Dante di Pietro in Fight Psychology, Teaching and Training

The Awesome of Nov. 21st   5 comments

(Things I find when going back through the draft post folder) Baron/Duke Orlando Cavalcanti asked me to write up the details of my vigil and elevation for his historical records. The below is that write-up, with extra info. Later, maybe next week, I’ll have a post about my thoughts on the vigil and elevation that’s […]

Posted January 21, 2016 by Wistric in Events

Journaling   17 comments

With almost every contributor and potential contributor to the Warfare I’ve urged them to maintain an active, visible journal of their practice so that others can observe and learn from their progress in learning the art, and those who’ve experienced the same challenges can provide feedback. Journaling and the detailed thought and reflection, and post-hoc […]

Posted January 19, 2016 by Wistric in Journal

HMA: Training Maxims   23 comments

Recent holidays have prompted a reflective mood. I began teaching formal HMA rapier classes in April of last year (mostly at the urging of a more senior HMA guy. When I protested that I didn’t know enough to teach, he assured me that knowing more than anyone else was good enough). I’d spent much of […]

Posted January 8, 2016 by Ruairc in Teaching and Training

Recruitment and Retention: because it is illegal and ineffective to kidnap people and make them fence me.   10 comments

So at Master Wistric’s elevation I spoke with him about my time thus far as a Gleann Abhann rapier fighter. My sentiments were something along the line of “Well the events are very far away… blah blah blah when I do make it to events the rapier fighters only fight for a little bit and […]

Posted January 6, 2016 by miguel in Teaching and Training