Finding Your Centre – The Day Before the Tournament

This afternoon we finished up our final day of training for the Duelling Arts Rapier Tournament at the Vancouver Club. This is part tournament and part spectacle; a hand picked roster of 8 senior Duello students will be fencing in a series of matches over the course of an evening of fine dining and cocktails, all with …

Read More…

Training Your Cold Game – Part II

Last week we began looking at cold performance as part of our training. Your cold performance is the immediate starting level of your body and mind when you first move from a non-martial to martial state. This week we’re looking at the ideas you should consider to prepare your body for high functioning and safe …

Read More…

Responding not Reacting

Impulsive reaction is faster than thoughtful responsiveness. There are times when this speed of return can be beneficial. This thought-free reaction to a situation is what allows you to come back with a fast quip, avoid danger by intuiting a dangerous situation before it results, or gives you the emotional energy you need to stand …

Read More…

Power and Partnership – Romance

This is part of an exploration of Power, Partnership, and Symmetry. In romance so many seek a relationship of balance and symmetry where the needs, interests, and pursuits of both parties match in every way. When courting, a delicate balance is often maintained where each party ventures forth enough to intrigue but fears to offer too …

Read More…

Power and Partnership – Landlord/Tenant

This is part of an exploration of Power, Partnership, and Symmetry. Landlords offer property in exchange for fees to pay for it. This is still a partnership; both sides need what the other provides and both truly require mutual respect to be successful, though a landlord may have 10 houses and the tenant only the need …

Read More…

Training the Ranges of Your Ability

If you want to imagine your ability to fence as a rating out of 100, it would be impossible to pinpoint an exact score in any kind of meaningful way. To be able to say I’m a 75 and they’re a 70, thus I should be able to defeat them isn’t relevant because its impossible …

Read More…

Power and Partnership – Employer/Employee

This is part of an exploration of Power, Partnership, and Symmetry. The relationship between an employer and an employee should truly be a partnership and we should count ourselves fortunate to live in a western society where legal and social structure generally support the ability to approach this relationship as such. Each side provides a …

Read More…

Power, Partnership, and Symmetry

Relationship asymmetry is often seen to create a “power-dynamic”. The employer-employee relationship is stated to be one of power where the boss wields power in the imbalanced relationship with the worker. The landlord-tenant relationship is another where what the landlord offers up is different than what is offered on the other side, and again many …

Read More…

Training Your Cold Game – Part I

Warming up has innumerable benefits. It prepares the body for movement, increases your range of motion which helps prevent injury and increases performance, mentally prepares your technical repertoire, and can be used to set the right psychology for performance. Yet we do not always have the opportunity to warm up before we need to perform …

Read More…

Valuing Your Time

It does’t matter how much something costs you to do, you need to consider the value of your time when making your decision to participate. When considering going to a course, instead of simply looking a the courses cost I also factor in my own hourly rate. Will the course be worth that amount of …

Read More…