Journal Entries

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

What is Emotional Intelligence (with a sword)?

Each one of us must develop the mature emotional intelligence skills required to better understand, empathize and negotiate with other people — particularly as the community has become more global. Otherwise, success will elude us in our lives and fencing careers.

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Commander: To Lead

Be effective and gain the confidence of those you lead and be the Commander you will one day need to be…

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One of the Most Dangerous Words

I find it fascinating that a little reflection and introspection can snowball into serious pondering. Subjects that provoke thoughts can turn into a rabbit-hole of new ideas and self-discovery.

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Dynamic Warm Up

Somewhere between lacing up your shoes and starting your first set of duels, you face the most important decision of your workout: Warm up, or not?

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What It Means to Be an Officer

Many of us have or will have the opportunity to serve the group as an Officer. As you consider officership, I’d like to discuss what I think it means to be one.

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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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