Three Types of Practice

I was talking with a student of mine the other night, encouraging them to start pushing themselves toward their next rank at my school. They commented to me that they felt like they were getting worse in their skills, not better. They felt that they were flailing, imprecise, and out of control. I personally had …

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Who Is My Audience?

It’s me. This may seem a bit conceited, narcissistic, or narrow: When I write, I write for me. When I teach, I teach for me. I started a sword fighting school because I was passionate about swordplay. I began this blog because I wanted to challenge myself to write and share myself. I dance because …

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Let Go of Regretting

I have done many things in my life that didn’t work out. I have found myself on adventures of which I had imagined fantastic and romantic ends that never came to be. Many of these adventures had their fair share of pain and hardship. Yet I don’t regret these adventures, in that I don’t regret …

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Looking Like a Fool in Practice

This is one of our biggest barriers to growth. Who doesn’t fear looking like a failure in front of judging eyes? Who doesn’t see all eyes as potential judges? Even brand new students who have never held a sword before share experiences of feeling like they look stupid during their first class. Many resist ever …

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Why do swordplay? A part of my journey

I revisit the question “Why do swordplay?” on a regular basis. Many people ask me what my reason is for practising something that is arguably esoteric and a few centuries past its true usefulness. The answer may not be what people are expecting. At the end of the day, I feel that hundreds of years …

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Prolific

Two creators I have often marvelled at are Woody Allen and Leonard Cohen. Woody has produced at least one movie per year for 40 years. That’s a tremendous amount of writing and creation. Leonard Cohen has an anthology of poetry many volumes in length, not to mention songs and art in other media. The thing …

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The Journey of Being Vulnerable – Poetry and Words from Tanya Davis

I don’t usually share other links on my blog as the purpose for me has been to express my own thoughts, ideas, and feelings; To challenge myself to present myself in the world in a bold and vulnerable way and not perhaps hide behind the easy sharing of others’ ideas. Yet tonight when I sat …

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Honouring the Moment

It’s easy to put expectation on a moment as it happens. To be in a connection and start asking questions “What does this mean?”, “How should I act here?”, “What’s expected of me?”. To retreat into our minds. Into the ticker tape behind our eyes. It’s perhaps a necessary part of our path of growth …

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Fools Rush In

Fools learn a lot more than the rest of us. They are liberated from the restrictions of right and wrong. They’re free from should’s and the judgments of others. Fools get to laugh uproariously in the theatre and don’t mind what anyone beside them thinks. Fools shed fountains of tears without embarrassment. You can stand …

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Daily Adventures

I came across an idea the other day when browsing a book called The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau (a very interesting guy to look into, he’s travelled to every country in the world before age 35). Chris is a big advocate for finding purpose and throwing yourself into the pursuit of it. He …

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