I’ve been doing historical swordfighting for almost seven years now. It started off really well when I worked with a group. It was probably the most fun I’ve had in my entire life. It’s certainly the only form of exercise I’ve found that I enjoy. Financial limitations and a bit of medical nonsense forced me to leave the group, so I’ve used the resources I could find to continue my studies on my own. The thing is, historical swordfighting has advanced considerably in that time, and… well, I haven’t. I have the books, I have the equipment, but there’s so much more to it. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy it. I just don’t feel like I’ve advanced nearly as much as I should have. And that’s fine so long as I’m still advancing. That’s the part I want to ensure. The best way I know to do that is with guidance from a master with a plan.
This morning, Guy Windsor posted on his blog that he’s teaching an online course in Recreating Historical Swordsmanship from Historical Sources. I’m certain he’s mentioned it before, but today it fell like a call to the quest, like it was brand new, and I needed to know. So… I get to go back to where it all started, refresh and reinforce what I’ve learned thus far from the ground up, and build on that from the original source material, all at my own pace. Essentially, the goal here is to teach me how to teach myself, and possibly others by the time I’m finished. What’s not to love?
I’ve signed up.
This knight is back in action.