Fighting with the German Longsword by Christian Henry Tobler

German longsword studies are part of the ever-expanding world of HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts.  Tobler is an international rock star in this world who's been training others since 2000 with a focus not only on the techniques of the 14th century masters, but also on the chivalric traditions that went hand-in-hand with the combat … Continue reading Fighting with the German Longsword by Christian Henry Tobler

Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling Like a Jedi by Carey Martell

I think it's no secret among all you who follow me that two things hold true: 1.  I am a lifelong Star Wars fan, and 2.  I am a swordfighter. It stands to reason, then, that I would not only pick up this book, but I that I would pick it apart.  All of you … Continue reading Stunt Lightsaber Combat For Beginners: The Unofficial Guide to Dueling Like a Jedi by Carey Martell

The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman by Takuan Soho

When a legendary Zen master corresponds to a legendary master swordsman, the result cannot be anything other than special. To have these writings today, translated with care to other languages... this is truly a great treasure. On my side of the screen, I study western swordfighting and incorporated martial arts, which I believe is more … Continue reading The Unfettered Mind: Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman by Takuan Soho