The importance of books 20: Jim Campbell

James Campbell. Image from Facebook.

This is a series of interviews with well-known HEMA practitioners from around the world. The subject is the importance of books in the HEMA community. Personally, I think books are immensely important to the community (and in general!), but I am interested to find out more about how other people see the issue.

This week’s interview is with Jim Campbell, who is a highly accomplished competitor and instructor in Australia.

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5 business lessons from studying longsword

Ben Kerr and Keith Farrell
Ben Kerr and Keith Farrell posing for a photoshoot, with suits and swords. Photo by Reuben Paris, 2010.

This article was originally posted on Encased in Steel on 27th March 2015. It has been modified a little for reposting here.

For the last several years I have been running my own business. For a few more years, I have been learning Liechtenauer’s longsword fencing methods. Recently, I have noticed several parallels between my studies of longsword and the business lessons I have learned from being an entrepreneur. The same lessons would also be valuable for someone considering the idea of opening up a new martial arts club, perhaps even with the idea to run it as a business.

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The importance of books 19: Kristine Konsmo

Kristine Konsmo. Image by Bec Campbell, from Facebook.

This is a series of interviews with well-known HEMA practitioners from around the world. The subject is the importance of books in the HEMA community. Personally, I think books are immensely important to the community (and in general!), but I am interested to find out more about how other people see the issue.

This week’s interview is with Kristine Konsmo, who is a well-known international instructor and competitor.

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“End him rightly” – a translation error

MS Germ.Quart.16, folio 7r. image from the Wiktenauer website.

Since 2014, there has been a certain meme on the internet that really annoys me. I know, I’m a grumpy old man, and memes tend to annoy me anyway, but this particular meme stems from an incorrect translation and an incorrect interpretation. In other words, it is a series of errors, and should be laid to rest along with any other incorrect translations or dysfunctional interpretations.

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The importance of books 18: Steven Hirsch

Steven Hirsch. Image from Facebook.

This is a series of interviews with well-known HEMA practitioners from around the world. The subject is the importance of books in the HEMA community. Personally, I think books are immensely important to the community (and in general!), but I am interested to find out more about how other people see the issue.

This week’s interview is with Steven Hirsch, who is an instructor at Athena School of Arms in the USA. He runs the blog “Fight With All Your Strength” and both teaches and competes at events in America.

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Cleaning your fencing mask

Cleaning a fencing mask in a tub of warm, soapy water. Photo by Keith Farrell, 2017.

Cleaning your fencing mask is an important thing to do from time to time, to prevent it from smelling bad, and to keep the insides a little healthier for when you wear it. With enough use, a fencing mask accumulates a lot of sweat. If it has been in storage for a while, it can accumulate quite a bit of dirt and dust. These can all be dealt with quite easily.

This article is going to deal with fencing masks designed for HEMA purposes, or for modern fencing with “steam” (non-electric) equipment. Masks with conductive materials for modern fencing with electric equipment should be washed much more carefully, to preserve the conductive materials.

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The importance of books 17: Christopher Scott Thompson

One of Christopher Scott Thompson’s many books.

This is a series of interviews with well-known HEMA practitioners from around the world. The subject is the importance of books in the HEMA community. Personally, I think books are immensely important to the community (and in general!), but I am interested to find out more about how other people see the issue.

This week’s interview is with Christopher Scott Thompson, who is the founder and an instructor for the Cateran Society in the USA. He is a well-published scholar and author.

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