10 (not-so) Simple Tips for Fencing

10 (not-so) Simple Tips for Fencing

While going over some old notes and half-finished articles, sorting out a few items worth republishing at here at The Edge of the World, I came across a little gem titled 10 Simple Tips for Fencing. I’m fairly certain that when I originally wrote this note, I was speaking mostly...Read more
Bringing Liechtenauer to Life

Bringing Liechtenauer to Life

Looking for the Liechtenauer Audiobook? Here it is in WAV and lossless M4A formats. Enjoy! Want to know more about this project? Keep reading. The Project When I released my video book version of I.33, I expected to receive a small reaction from the minority of Western martial artists dedicated...Read more
I.33 Video Book

I.33 Video Book

Here it is, a video book version of I.33! A lot of time and effort went into this project, and it’s been a labor of love on so many levels. I’d like to tell you why I did it and also how I did it. But mostly, I hope people...Read more
How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

A while back I made a pair of training bucklers for the study of I.33, and they’ve gotten a lot of attention from my fellow WMA enthusiasts. So, I figured I’d make a step-by-step tutorial on how to make what I’ve affectionately dubbed a “dog bowl buckler.” I have to...Read more
2 Affordable Arming Swords

2 Affordable Arming Swords

A Critical Review and Comparrison of the Hanwei Tinker Pearce and Castille Armory Arming Swords If you’ve read my post about choosing The Right Tool for the Job, then you already know that we only recently transitioned from using embarrassingly ad hoc arming swords made from hacked down Zen Warrior...Read more
The Right Tool for the Job

The Right Tool for the Job

In my day job, I work for a company that sells everything from beginner guitars to the gear you’d need to outfit a professional recording studio or full-scale performance venue, and one of the things I learned early on is that there’s no substitution for the right tool. Sure, you...Read more
How to Build a Hardhat Mask Back

How to Build a Hardhat Mask Back

One of the questions I get asked the most about SCA C&T and WMA fencing is how to create rigid back-of-the-head protection on a budget. It’s actually pretty easy to convert a cheap hard hat into perfectly acceptable back-of-head (BoH) protection, and while my method uses a few common workshop...Read more
Creating Mental Space

Creating Mental Space

One of the things I took with me when I got seriously involved with fencing in the SCA is a background in Oriental martial arts. I studied and taught Shaolin Kempo Karate, a discipline that, like most commercialized oriental martial arts, overemphasized drilling and under-emphasized practical application. What’s more, when...Read more
Stillness of the Combative Mind

Stillness of the Combative Mind

We’ve all been there—you’re in an argument with someone, and there’s a lull where neither of you are talking. You feel like someone has to say something or you’ll just sit there staring at each other as the tension mounts to an insufferable degree. Before you know it, you’re babbling—just...Read more