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

Staying In A Romanian Palace – The Climb #264

Thursday 12th October 2017 Today was the first day of my Romania trip. As I’ve previously said, I’m travelling to Bucharest with School of the Sword to act as an assistant instructor for an event that’s being held out there.  I’d seen from some of the promo videos that it look quite good.  However, I [...]

2017-10-17T11:00:45+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

Evolution – The Climb #258

Friday 6th October 2017 I’ve never believed in God.  Nor do I believe in fate.  I do, however, believe the universe gives you signs from time to time. In truth this is just your subconscious drawing meaning from your day, finding parallels that justify a position you probably have already unknowingly concluded.  But I’m a [...]

2017-10-08T01:43:04+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Health, Hype, Publishing, Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel, Writing|0 Comments

Fightcamp – The Climb #201

Thursday 10th August 2017 I sometimes wonder if there's a need to take a day off before a competition like Fightcamp.  Yes, it's a 2+ hour drive but that's not impossible after a work day.  Plus, this year I'm staying in a hotel rather than camping. There's part of me that thinks I wasted today. [...]

2017-08-11T07:50:21+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments

A Reunion With An Old Friend – The Climb #161

Saturday 1st July 2017 Danny is one of my oldest friends.  25 years ago we worked in the same voluntary organisation, and when I was I charge of national recruitment he was one of the regional coordinators. However, back then Danny wasn’t the type of person who looked charitable.  In fact, if you met him [...]

2017-07-02T20:07:03+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Geocaching, Swordfighting, The Climb, Travel|0 Comments