Journal Entries

A collection of journal entries, written and shared by members of Terrasylvae.

Melee: A Different Kind of Fencing

Not many people realize that Melee and Dueling require very different skills, mindsets, and attitudes. The goal is be both a Duelist and a Melee-ist…Skirmisher…Soldier… I dunno.

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How I Connect Colors with the Three Types of Fighters

I don’t believe that any of the three types of fighters are better than one or the other. I believe that they are merely three different ways of approaching the art of fencing. But now that the general idea of the theory has been covered, let me explain how color comes into play

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How to Analyze a Fight

Learning to analyze a fight is a crucial skill for every fencer. We can all benefit from breaking a fight down into smaller, more manageable pieces.

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Starting Your Own Study

In art, a Study is a drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a more elaborate piece. Studies are often used to understand the problems involved and to understand a particular skill or subject in more detail. In this Woodland Watch, we can apply that skill to fencing.

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What Works

Fencing can frustrate us, it can infuriate us, it can confound us and inspire us. There is always more to learn, and I love it!

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Walk Through 100 Spider Webs

If I asked you to walk through one hundred spider webs, would you do it? What if I asked you to shoot one hundred arrows or draw one hundred sketches of Damian? How would you feel the first time compared to the last?

This week’s Woodland Watch is all about confidence and the mental, physical, and emotional conditioning needed to obtain it.

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Creating a Mind Map

In this weeks Woodland Watch, I want to share a helpful technique to organize your thoughts and is a great exercise for your fencing journal. It’s called Mind Mapping.

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Distillation

Distillation is the process of separating a liquid from chemicals, minerals, and other solids.

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Let’s Talk About Fencing

A very simple method of training and learning more about fencing is often overlooked: talking. When we talk about fencing we share and learn together. We should be doing it more. 

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