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The Year Of The Offensive – The Climb #344

Sunday 31st December 2017 2017 was a funny old year.  It was my Year of the Offensive … a year for me to push myself and claim the rewards for my hard work.  As I said back then “it’s going to be a year where I happen to it rather than it happens to me”. [...]

Returning Home With New Plans – The Climb #288

Sunday 5th November 2017 Today was the last day in Sweden as we return home to the UK. It’s been an amazing trip and I’ve come away really proud of myself and my accomplishments. Of course, the attention now turns to the year ahead and the work I need to do.  I’ve pretty much decided [...]

2017-11-08T00:12:11+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Treating Myself To A New Sword – The Climb #287

Saturday 4th November 2017 Today I rewarded myself for all my hard work with a new sword. I’m still in a bit of shock over my result yesterday.  I keep thinking back to what my fencing was like just a year ago and marvelling at the progress.  I keep thinking about it and finding myself [...]

2017-11-07T01:15:28+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Swordfish, The World Stage – The Climb #286

Friday 3rd November 2017 If you asked a load of fencers what the defacto world championship for swordfighting was, the vast majority would point to Swordfish.  Held each year in Gothenburg, the fact that it attracts so much of the world’s best talent means that it’s the competition everyone wants to win. I first went [...]

2017-11-06T17:08:10+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

Sleepy In Gothenburg – The Climb #285

Thursday 2nd November 2017 I normally don’t sleep before flights.  I always worry that I’ll somehow oversleep and then miss my flight.  As a result I will normally stay up the night before I travel, constantly checking my luggage and worrying about leaving some item or other. But I’ve been acutely aware of how much [...]

2017-11-06T16:20:05+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

The Battle Of Waterloo – The Climb #273

Saturday 21st October 2017 Sometimes you just have to put in the work. After Wednesday left me feeling like the worst fencer ever, I knew I needed to put a load of effort in before my competition next week.  I mean,  I find the feedback really, really useful, but it’s also been a little demoralising [...]

2017-10-22T19:21:36+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments

Returning Home – The Climb #268

Monday 16th October 2017 Today I came home from Romania. I couldn’t sleep.  Maybe it was dehydration from the alcohol or maybe it was the fact that I was sad to bereturning home.  We had to be up and out at 5:30am so when I woke around 4:30am I found myself getting up to repack [...]

2017-10-17T23:20:38+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Drunken Smallsword In A Romanian Palace – The Climb #267

Sunday 15th October 2017 Today was my last full day in Romania.  In truth this weekend has been everything I could possibly want – an amazingly relaxed and chilled weekend that takes my mind away from a load of personal crap going on back in the UK Today had originally been intended to be our [...]

2017-10-17T11:58:39+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Judging The Longsword Tournament – The Climb #266

Saturday 14th October 2017 After yesterday’s migraine, I woke up feeling a lot better today.  Rather than dwell on things, I simply focused on the event at hand. I know tournaments.  I know that tension and excitement that precedes them as fighters ready themselves to be tested against each other.  Except today, I wasn’t fighting, [...]

2017-10-17T11:25:02+00:00 October 15th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Teaching Swordfighting In Romania – The Climb #265

Friday 13th October 2017 I should have seen Friday the 13th as an omen.  An event that starts on Friday 13th is doomed to be a catastrophe, right?  Well, it appears not as Optimus 2017 is proving to be an outstanding event.  Considering this is the first event the local HEMA group has organised, it’s [...]

2017-10-17T11:09:50+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Swordfighting, Travel|0 Comments