When you pick up a sword for the first time you will be slow and awkward. This is frustrating, but refuse the temptation to try and become a “faster” fencer. Chasing after speed is like trying to catch smoke. If you try and pursue speed, all you will accomplish is haste. Haste is the enemy of 1st class fencing.

Speed is a lie the untrained mind tells itself when it sees an action it cannot follow. The truth is a combination of timing, control, and fluidity. Fluid motion, even done slowly, will always arrive before a hasty strike. Control will allow you to move without wasteful motion that will slow you down. Timing will eliminate the need to move fast almost entirely. There is no need to get somewhere fast so long as you get there at the right time.  

Tip for mymutuals who engage in bladed armed combat

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This is all true for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu too.


British Pattern 1856 Pioneer Sword

A British Pattern 1856 Pioneer Sword with a sawback blade made in 1887. The guard is marked to the Hampshire (Fortress) Royal Engineers, formerly the 1st Hampshire Engineer Volunteer Corps.

I’m cursing whatever old-time collector slathered the blade in cosmoline and then put it back in the scabbard. I’ve successfully cleaned the cosmoline off of the blade and serrations. Now I have to figure out how to clean out cosmoline from the inside of the leather scabbard.

cma-medieval-art: Casket, late 1300s, Clevelan…


Casket, late 1300s, Cleveland Museum of Art: Medieval Art

This casket is one of only a few of its kind to survive in such a fine state of preservation. A variety of such caskets were used in wealthy homes to store jewelry, seals, mirrors, and combs. A keyhole lock is provided for security. Caskets like this were often highly decorated and given to women as gifts.
Size: Overall: 23.2 x 41.3 x 18.3 cm (9 1/8 x 16 ¼ x 7 3/16 in.)
Medium: painted and gilded gesso on wood

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