TIL: Wales is so very backwater that they don’t seem to know about (or or or Boffer Wars or…). Some dude wearing obvious fantasy gear and a clear as daylight _FOAM_ stick gets jumped at gunpoint by police:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/man-knight-st-mellons-cardiff-18258259

Hint: It’s not even a “fake sword” or a trainer (waster). It’s a _toy_.

I can relate btw. We did “train” with our toys in the park a decade ago already and police was curious but polite.

Later even with blunt steel.

They never jumped us at gunpoint.

The refurbished pell compared to the old beam. Cat included.

Some weeks ago I managed to kill my old for good. I never expected it to hold that long at all when I built it back in 2016. To be fair I slacked off a lot over the last year but thanks to recent events forcing everyone to stay at home I stepped up my again.

Don’t train alone, it only embeds your errors.

Vesimir, The Witcher 3

Well, Vesimir is right, but that choice do we have? So I spent the late afternoon refurbishing my fallen .

Preparing new struts. Two old struts were gone. No idea where.

Luckily there was another beam, that was part of the kitchen wall some years ago (#hausbauquatsch), with the same dimensions. I could even re-use most of the old post.

Some of the old screws were broken and I had to persuade the leftovers with a crowbar (I probably learned this in Half-Life ;))

180mm screws again

And that’s it this time. I never came back to adding any sort of dampening mats. Some use carpet or rope. I’ve even seen tires used for this. Somehow I became very fond of flying splinters all over the place though. It’s a very satisfying feeling and I even made a video about this some years ago.

The Sword. Form and Thought | blog.HistoFakt.de by JSachersJSachers
„The Sword – Form and Thought“ was the name of an exhibition held at the Deutsches Klingenmuseum (German Blade Museum) in Solingen from 26th September 2015 until 28th February 2016, and is also the title of the accompanying catalogue.

Re: http://blog.histofakt.de/?p=3358

The Sword – Form and Thought (ISBN 978-1-78327-427-7) is indeed a must-have for every sword enthusiast. Got my print years ago but I guess the recent prints are of the same fine quality.

Roger Norling (facebook.com)
In teaching, the answer given by the student is not as important as the response; that a thought process is provoked. Likewise, as instructors, we should focus more on the learning, instead of the...

Wise words on teaching in :

In teaching, the answer given by the student is not as important as the response; that a thought process is provoked. Likewise, as instructors, we should focus more on the learning, instead of the teaching.

These are fundamental pedagogical things which should be applied to HEMA too
Roger Norling

Slow is slow and fast is fast. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise by Sean FranklinSean Franklin
“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” This adage is used to illustrate the fact that speed is gained through efficient movements, rather than just trying to use as much force as possible. And in a lot of ways it is true. Most of the increases in speed we realize are not from an increase in the ra...

Looks like Sean wrote an excellent article on training speed in [that I somehow missed until now].

http://swordstem.com/2019/10/16/slow-is-slow-and-fast-is-fast-and-dont-let-anyone-tell-you-otherwise/

Gotta love that series on Sword STEM.