March Group Order for Order of the Rose

We had an impressive turnout of over 40 people at Fencing practice on Friday. That truly is incredible! But when it comes to that many people, we have to face the fact that our loaner gear may not be enough to accommodate everyone.

I know that several of you were left without a helmet, gorget, or sword to use at practice and I’m sorry. When this happens, we hope everyone will do the honorable thing and share the loaner gear, so everyone can get a chance to fight. Additionally, you can help yourself, and us, out by participating in this group order 🙂 .

Group orders are fantastic ways to the help the group because even by purchasing one piece for yourself means there is one more thing available in the loaner gear. Plus, you get the added benefit of the Order paying for the shipping and taking care of ordering the right piece from the place. There’s practically no hassle.

In this group order we are offering the following things:

NOTE: If you are considering the purchase of a sword, please talk with an Officer or leave a comment below to ensure full understanding your options.

We’ll begin taking orders this Friday at Fencing Practice and you can let us know what you’re thinking or ask any questions in the comments below.

Are You Ready for Fencing Practice Tonight? Let’s Find Out!

The Winter Break is over and we’re heading back to Woodland! Woot Woot!

I hope many of you will be able to come and join us for this opening night and I would highly encourage not being late. There are a lot of announcements and other things to kick off the season that you probably won’t want to miss. But the real question, is are you ready for fencing practice tonight?

I'm so excited!

To make this easy for you, run through this simple checklist and let’s find out how truly prepared you are 😉 .

  1. Have you blocked out your calendar, so you are free from other distractions and can come to Fencing?
  2. Do you know where all of your gear is?
  3. Did you at least wash the smelly bits over the winter?
  4. Is your gear packed and ready to go?
  5. Are you signed up in the Texting Group, so you can receive any updates or changes?
  6. Do you have $5 or a Shire Membership to cover your monthly group fees?
  7. Have you thought about or set any goals to work towards this season?
  8. Did you practice fencing at least once over the winter, so you can come back a little less rusty?
  9. Have you daydreamed so much about the awesome adventures you’d have in Terrasylvae this year that you’ve kind of spaced out during important moments in your life like during a test, a conversation with your mother, or when you opened the fridge to get something eat?
  10. Are you excited for the new season? 
Hopefully, you could say YES to all 10 of those questions. If not, don’t worry! You’ve got some time (not a lot haha) to get things figured out before practice tonight. Leave a comment below with your score out of 10 of how prepared you were and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

Comparing Sword Fights in the Movies!

For today’s post, I thought it would be exciting to watch some examples of sword fights throughout movie history. The added bonus is to get you pumped to pick up your sword and strike up a duel this Friday! 

After you’ve checked out these videos, vote for which your favorite fight scene was in the comments (don’t forget to tell us why 😉 ) and let’s find out which really is the best!

1. Princess Bride (1987)

2. Star Wars (1977)

3. The Great Race (1965)

4. Rob Roy (1995)

5. Star Wars: Episode III (2005)

6. The Duellists (1977)

It’s About Time!!!

Hey Everyone! We’re just a few days away from kicking off another great year in Terrasylvae. I hope you’re excited!

To commemorate the new season, which starts this Friday (March 1st) at 5:30pm in Woodland, I’ll be sharing a short little post every day this week. These posts will have announcements, treats, and other goodies to get you ready. I’ll keep them brief so you can glance through them in just a few moments.

For your first treat, here is a little sampler of what we have planned this year! More details will be forth coming as the year progresses.

  • March: Damian’s Birthday Star Wars Bash ( Click here for the Facebook event ) & Iron Thorn’s: Vernal Quest (Click here to check out the Facebook event)
  • April: Steamfest!!!!
  • May: The Shire’s 20th Birthday! Woot! 🎂
  • June: Terrasylvae Camping Trip ( Let’s all go and rough it out in the woods! 🌲🏕️🌲 )
  • July: Mystery Event
  • August: Woodland War & Diplomacy! ⚔️⚔️⚔️
  • September: Harvest Ball & High Tea ( We can be fancy too! ☕)
  • October: Halloween Night Games & Spook-tacular (We’re in for a ghoul-ish time this year. 👻 )
  • November: Mystery Event
  • December: Caroling in the Woods
  • January 2020: Twelfth Night

And those are only the big Shire events! Just wait and see what else is in store for every Terrasylvan!

The 2019 Terrasylvae Season Opens in:

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The Season is Afoot!

December: Grab Bag Challenge Breakdown

We’ve officially made it to the second month of our Winter Warrior Challenge! Congratulations to all those who made it through last month’s Mentality Challenge. December’s theme is a Grab Bag!

During the busiest time of the year, I really like that this month’s challenge is a grab bag. A Grab Bag is a simple way of saying random or choose your own path. Instead of getting a specific series of tasks to do each day or each week, we’ve provided a large list of 100 potential activities that can do. 

All month, we recommend that you find at least one thing to do each day, or you could even do one thing for the 12 Days of Christmas and call it good. Whatever works for you. If you opted-in on the texting group (contact Kane for details), you will only receive a text at the beginning of the week with a portion of the full list as suggestions.

The goal of this month is to complete 1 activity per day for 12 days or challenge yourself to do something for all 31 days.

List of Activities

  • Run/walk a mile
  • 10 minutes yoga
  • 10 minutes martial arts
  • Make a medieval recipe
  • 60 second plank
  • You-tube video about fencing
  • Ted-talk
  • Read a story from the website
  • Text another fencer
  • Visit Woodland
  • Name your gear
  • Clean your sword
  • Mend/wash your gear
  • Purchase or make your own sides
  • Make a plan to get your own kit
  • 50 lunges
  • Watch & analyse the fencing scenes of Princess Bride
  • Critique Jack Sparrow & Will Turner’s sword fight in the first Pirates movie
  • Design a t-shirt to submit to Kane
  • Sew new garb
  • Create a fencing playlist
  • 10 Jacks, 10 squats, plank 30 sec, 2 times
  • 8 basic, or 11 advanced blocks, 3 sets
  • Read SMART Goals article on Website
  • 10 Minutes Yoga
  • Air Boxing 1 min, Stationary Lunges 2 sets of 10, 10 push ups
  • Do something nice for someone without being asked and anonymously
  • Gofora10minwalk
  • Dance for 10 min to your favorite tunes
  • Mind Map what you do well
  • High Knees 2 sets of 10, Side to Side Lunges 2 sets of 10, Stretching 2 min
  • Watch the fight scene between Montoya and the man in black from the princess bride and
  • analyze it
  • Set up 10 objects ie. Jenga Bricks or Dominos and knock them down one at a time with your
  • sword or a dowel. (If you don’t have a dowel go buy one)
  • Read the Wiki on Camillo Agrippa
  • Play with a ping pong ball 10 min
  • Read the Wiki on Ridolfo Capo Ferro
  • Practice gauging shots 5 min, then breaking shots 5 min
  • Read the Wiki on Gérard Thibault d’Anvers
  • Text, message, or garrison mention, a fellow fencer and point out something you admire about them
  • Footwork 5 advances, 5 retreats, switch and again, 5 to the right, 5 to the left, switch and again, 5 lunges, switch and again
  • Mind Map things that increase your confidence and things that decrease your confidence
  • Sword Dance slow for 5 min, then fast for as long as you can up to 5 more min
  • Meditate on the meaning of your rose 10 min, if you don’t have a meaning, read Kane’s Rose of
  • Valor article and start considering what you value and why
  • Walk every trail in woodland then stand in the field in middle Woodland and do 5 minutes of
  • breathing exercises
  • Text, message, or garrison mention anything you want to Damian (this is a joke since he hates technology)
  • With a helper work on off hand for 10 min
  • Make a list of your positive attributes inside and outside of fencing
  • Practice Multiple Attacks at different heights and depths for 10 min. If you don’t understand that
  • read the lesson from the website then do it for 5 min
  • Think of a fencing question you want to have answered then brainstorm for 5 min. extra credit for
  • posting your question on the website
  • With the tip of your sword or dowel circle a door knob clockwise for 1 min then counter for 1 repeat for each thing resting to a count of ten between each
  • Watch the TED talk Swordplay and the Lost Art of Knighthood by Devon Boorman on YouTube
  • 8 basic, or 11 advanced blocks, 3 sets with your non dominant hand
  • No treats and eat healthy all day
  • Yoga 10 min
  • Memorize the Swordsman Oath
  • Move any way you want for 10 min trying to experience the different muscle groups in your body start in your feet and move up think about how it all feels try closing your eyes while you do this exercise
  • Read the Safety article that Shay wrote
  • Play with Block Attack Combos for 10 min. If you don’t know what that means read the lesson on
  • the website then do it for 5 min
  • Read the Honor article that Shay wrote
  • Learn to juggle
  • Read the Attitude article that Shay wrote
  • Turn on some music and fence to it think about the rhythm, tempo and how to time your shots
  • Read the Skill article that Shay wrote
  • Run in place 30 seconds, deep breath 30, air box 30 seconds, deep breath 30, repeat 3 times
  • Then hold still for as long as you can keeping a clear relaxed mind for as long as you can.
  • Watch 5 fights from our channel on YouTube, Terrasylvan Chroniclers
  • While standing up and even moving around play with your fencing voice for 5 min focus on
  • fencing phrases and commands and saying them very loudly
  • Inch Worm 5 times, Mountain Climbers 2 sets of 10, Tricep Dips 2 sets of 10
  • Write a Post on the Garrison
  • Read the most current Woodland Watch & Comment (Multiple Options)
  • Find a helpful TED talk and share it. Explain why.
  • Create a signature move
  • Add an additional detail to your persona backstory, you haven’t already.
  • Describe in a single page, who your persona is.
  • Ask a fellow fencer for advice
  • Contact someone and see if they want to schedule a time to train together
  • Go touch the Heart of Woodland
  • Sword Fight imaginary enemies for 10 minutes
  • Find a training exercise and try it out.
  • Ask your nemesis what their favorite technique is
  • Create an account on the website, if you already have read a lore story
  • Sign up for the texting group, if you already have try to find Haute’s Den on the website
  • Share in the Garrison why you chose your fencing name
  • Find a grip exercise on Youtube and try it
  • Visit Woodland today
  • Ask someone for help with a challenge you are facing
  • Reply in the Garrison thread with a suggestion for a future Woodland Watch
  • Review a lesson you’ve previously taken in the Training Program
  • Which Woodland Guardian calls to you? Why?
  • Tell someone not in the group about Terrasylvae
  • Post in the Garrison your best Terrasylvan Pun
  • Stay in basic stance for 10 mins
  • Design your dream sword
  • Take time to consider your top three choices for your next Master. Your next Apprentice?
  • Is there something that should be included in the Training Program that isn’t? Suggest it to the
  • Captain in the Garrison
  • Create a Fencing Playlist, bonus points for sharing in the Garrison
  • Hold your sword (or sword-like object) for a total of 30 minutes today
  • Watch the TED Talk “How to start a movement” by Derek Sivers AKA ‘The First Follower’
  • Watch the TED Talk “Leading with Lollipops” by Drew Dudley

Week 4: Publish Your Writing on the Website

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Read 2 or 3 examples of writing others have posted: Go to the Blog and read a few stories others have written.

Tip: There have been a lot of fun stories written so far. Some are multi-part epics while others are simple one offs. Take a few minutes and read through a few.

Decide if you are writing a journal entry or Terrasylvan Lore: A journal entry is a non-story article. A lore entry is a story about your persona. Click links for examples.

Tip: The real determining factor is if you want to write a fictional story or not. If it’s a story set in the world of Terrasylvae, this will be a lore entry. If it’s just something you want to talk about or fencing related, it will be a journal entry.

Brainstorm your story: Write down as many ideas as you can of what you want to write about.

Tip: Coming up with a bunch of ideas will help you choose the one that you like best. If you’re thinking about a lore entry, talk with some of the members who have been in the group longer and see if there are any details you should know about.

Develop a rough draft: Create a rough draft of your piece. Don’t worry about getting it perfect.

Tip: A rough draft is just getting your general thoughts out on paper. It doesn’t have to be formatted correctly, typed beautifully, or make a lot of sense. All it needs to do is give a rough idea of what it will become.

Share it with a friend for edits: Ask a friend to edit you piece and give constructive feedback/edits.

Tip: Getting feedback from a friend will give you a better story overall. They will see things you missed and give you cool ideas you’ve never even considered.

Contact Kane for a personal journal page (if needed): Ask Kane to design a personalized journal page just for you, if needed.

Tip: Every person who posts to the website needs a unique personalized page. It helps organize visually who is writing what and keeps the website tidy.

Type/Submit your story on the website for edits: Follow these directions to submit your story on the website.

Tip: Once you make an account and actually start writing on the website, it’s a fairly straight forward process. It’s quick to learn and once you’re done, your piece will go through a final edit/proofread process before it’s published.

Share your published work on the Facebook Group: Post a link to the Facebook group and show off your finished piece.

Tip: Finally, after all that hard work, you should share what you’ve written with others. People will be able to read what you’ve written, learn more about you, and even get inspired to write their own piece which just makes Terrasylvae a more vibrant community.

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors!

Week 3: Acts of Gratitude

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Complete a random act of kindness: Do something kind for someone else today.

Tip: It doesn’t have to be big or small, just a “random” act of kindness to someone you know or a complete stranger. Additionally, there is no reason to stop at one act of kindness if you find more opportunities.

Compliment a fellow fencer: Say something nice to a fellow fencer.

Tip: Boosting people up is a core ideal of Terrasylvae and something we can do even when we’re not at practice. Be genuine and honest with your compliments and strive to be specific instead of generic.

Give a specific “thank you” to someone in the group: Thank someone in the group for something specific you appreciate.

Tip: We all have people in our lives who have helped us that don’t even know the impact they’ve made on us. Take this opportunity to thank someone for influencing your life for the better.

Thank an Officer who served this year: Officers were Kane, Ul’vade, Shay, Veron, Don, Draco, Evanlyn, Ladrona, Ja’ika, Miren, & Tsyng. You could also thank the Master Swordsmen: Damian & Rhiannon

Tip: Taking the time to say thank you to an Officer or Master Swordsmen who sacrificed on your behalf through service is a great way of showing a grateful spirit during this time of year.

Read Shay’s Attitude article on the website: After reading Shay’s Attitude article, record your thoughts or comment.

Tip: Attitude is one of our Four Levels of Importance: the things we hold most dear. Take some time thinking about your attitude after reading Shay’s thoughts and then write them down.

Tell someone why you love Fencing/Terrasylvae: Share your love of Fencing/Terrasylvae with someone. Bonus points if you don’t know them.

Tip: All good things in this world should be shared and Terrasylvae is no different. Express your love of fencing or Terrasylvae to someone and perhaps they might be interested in learning more. If not, no worries!

Share a helpful TED talk in the Garrison: Post a link to a TED talk you have found helpful to the Garrison.

Tip: There seems to be a TED talk for almost every occasion. We would love to know which ones have taught you, inspired you, or helped you in the Garrison.

Invite someone to train with you: Coordinate a time to train with another fencer.

Tip: Finally, reach out to another fencer and schedule a time to get together and train. It can be a time to discuss and train your mentality or you can research/ask for training exercises you can do with or without gear. Either way, find some time to train with another fencer or fencers!

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors!

Group Order for Gear – Cyber Monday Sale!

The deadline for Group Order submissions will be on Monday, November 26th.

Now that the Flash Sale on Loaner Gear is almost complete, it’s time to start thinking about buying the new gear and there isn’t a better time than now.

Cyber Monday (November 26th) is fast approaching. That means there are some killer deals we’d love to take advantage of and hope you’d join us in our biggest group order yet!

We’re looking at buying a bulk set of masks, gorgets, and sword parts on Cyber Monday. Many of the discounts offered (because of the amount of work that goes into making this kind of gear) are contingent on ordering in bulk. The bigger the order, the bigger the discount.

Just like in the Flash Sale, I’ve set up easy PayPal links for you to join in on the group order, noteworthy information for each item, and links to where we are ordering the item from. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

So here’s what we’re looking at:

Absolute Fencing Masks – $40 each

Normally $50, thanks to Shay, we are now able to offer a higher quality helmet at a cheaper price of $40. It’s very comforting when you know you’ll always have a mask that fits and is available to use. 

Make sure to use the Sizing Chart to get a correct measurement before ordering. 

See Sizing Chart | Visit Absolute Fencing

Winter Tree Craft Gorgets – $55 each

Normally $60, we can get $5 of we order 5+. If we order 10+ we can get $10 off. Right now we are asking for $55 but if we get enough orders everyone who orders will get a $5 refund. 

Make sure to use the Sizing Chart to get a correct measurement before ordering.

See Sizing Chart | Visit Winter Tree Crafts

Castille Armory Production Items – 10% off

Castille Armory is offering a 10% discount on all Production Items on Cyber Monday. This includes their new Economy Line. 

Please contact me if you’d like details on what’s available if you are wanting a sword or parts.

Visit Castille Armory | See their Economy Line

FLASH SALE on Loaner Gear!

It’s about time the Order of the Rose looks to getting new loaner gear. Much of it has been with us for a long time and has served us well.

Everyone did really well in supporting the group through fees, fundraisers, and donations and for that you have my deepest thanks. Unfortunately, we didn’t have as much of a turn out during our final Spook-tacular fundraising event as we needed to completely overhaul the gear for next season. There will be some new loaner gear, but not all. We will continue working towards that goal through next season.

To make room for the new gear, we are still selling off some of our old gear at a discounted price. This is a great opportunity to flush out your gear while you are saving up or just claim a piece for yourself and stop worrying about getting that one particular helmet each week.

Please Note: These items will be on a first come, first serve basis. Telling me you want it DOES NOT claim the item for you. You will need to contact me and arrange either a handoff or a Paypal transfer

Item #1 – $5 Sold

Size: Small/Medium

Condition: Good. Could use new straps.

Item #2 – $15 Sold

Size: Small

Condition: Fair. One of our older gorgets.

Item #3 – $20 Sold

Size: Small

Condition: Good.

Item #4 – $20 Sold

Size: Small

Condition: Good

Item #5 – $15 Sold

Size: X-Small

Condition: Fair. Has been repaired.

Item #6 – $15

Size: X-Small

Condition: Like new. Leather with snaps.

Item #7 – $20 Sold

Size: Large

Condition: Good. No drape.

Item #8 – $15 Sold

Size: Large

Condition: Fair. Broken head flap in back.

Item #9 – $25 Sold

Size: Medium

Condition: Good. Includes black drape.

Item #10 – $25 Sold

Size: Medium

Condition: Good. Includes denim floral drape.

Item #11 – $15 Sold

Size: Small

Condition: Fair. Broken head flap. Includes black drape.

Item #12 – $20 Sold

Size: Small

Condition: Good. No drape.

Item #13 – $25

Size: Small

Condition: Good. Includes black drape.

Item #14 – $5 each

Size: Full-length Deathstick

Condition: Fair. Well used, but still functional. Could use new tape.

Item #15 – $10 each Sold

Size: Standard Buckler

Condition: One has a smaller handle and one has worn edges.

Week 2: Record Personal Lore in Your Journal

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Who are you?: Describe who your persona is as a person.

Tip: This would be where you describe your persona’s personality, iconic features, traits, and outlooks. What makes you “you”?

Where are you from?: Decide on where your persona comes from.

Tip: In a broad sense, this could be your persona’s homeland. Are they English, German, Norwegian, etc… Additionally, do they have a hometown or are they travelers that never settle?

When were you born/how old are you?: Write down when your persona was born and/or how old they are now.

Tip: In what time period did your persona live? Was life more medieval or did you participate more in the renaissance of knowledge?

Do you have a family? Who are they?: Detail your family situation and who they are.

Tip: Flushing out your family relations is one of the best way to expand the horizons of your persona. It can give you a lifestyle, upbringing, and a childhood that can be used to explain how you came to be who you are.

What is your backstory? (or add to it): Write down how you would introduce your persona to another person.

Tip: One of the most exciting parts of developing a persona is sharing it with others. Try to develop a summary that you feel comfortable sharing with others and go out and share it.

What are your special skills? Weapons?: Detail any special skills your persona has or weapons they utilize.

Tip: This is another great way to broaden your persona. Describing additional skills gives you opportunities to explain why you chose those skills and how you came to learn them.

What are your talents, hobbies, and/or interests?: Describe if your persona has any additional extracurricular interests outside of Fencing.

Tip: Everyone has a wide variety of things they enjoy and your persona is no exception. Do some research and find things that your persona would be interested in at the time.

How did you connect with Terrasylvae: Write down how your persona encountered and came to join Terrasylvae?

Tip: Finally, taking the time to explain how your persona connected with Terrasylvae can set the stage for additional stories and how they fit within the group. At this point, you’ll want to verify with others if your story might affect them or if any other entity of Woodland is involved.

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors! Visit the Order Garrison

Week 1: Reflect on the Season in Your Journal

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Meditate: Take 10 minutes to meditate about this season and record your thoughts in your journal.

Tip: As you ponder on the season try to think on the highs/lows, things that stand out, and overall feelings. Try to be realistic and constructive.

What did you learn?: Record all the things you learned this year in your journal.

Tip: Don’t just write down the official lessons you learned in the program. Think about side lessons or tips you picked up from others. Maybe even include non-fencing lessons that have helped you in your day-to-day life?

What was your best fight? Why?: Describe your best or most memorable fight in your journal. Why does that stand out?

Tip: This is a great opportunity to begin compiling your War Stories that you can tell to others later. Do you remember that one time… Oh yeah! That was awesome!

What skill did you improve? How?: Think about what skill improved the most this year and how it happened. Record your findings in your journal.

Tip: Don’t limit yourself to just fencing skills. There are a lot of skills that you might have improved and you should be proud of those improvements.

What will you practice next year?: Record ideas in your journal about what you’d like to practice next season.

Tip: List out both short and long term focuses for next season. Some things you can work on during a single practice. Some things might take you all of next season to develop and truly understand.

Who can you learn from?: Think about all the fencers in the group and list who you could learn from and why in your journal.

Tip: You don’t have to establish a Master/Apprentice relationship to learn from someone. List anyone and everyone that might have something you want to learn and ask them to teach you or explain.

Mindmap what you do well: Create a mind map of all the things you do well in your journal.

Tip: One way of doing this is to start with your name in the middle and then list out your strengths on branches. Then on each of your strengths, list out why those are your strengths or why they are important to you.

Mindmap things that affect your confidence: Create a mind map of all the things that affect your confidence.

Tip: One way of creating this mind map is to list out all the things that cause you to lose confidence and then list out all the things that cause you to gain confidence. Try to find a pattern or signals that might help you boost your confidence and avoid the things that hurt your confidence.

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors!

November: Mentality Challenge Breakdown

The Winter Warrior Challenge has officially begun! Although, if you want to wait until Monday to start no one will blame you.

As we explained in the last Winter Warrior post, each month will focus on a different theme. These themes add variety and allow us to cover a wider set of skills or activities over the course of the Winter. November’s theme is Mentality!

I really like that we’re starting out with Mentality because things are still fresh on my mind. I haven’t forgotten everything in a turkey-induced haze or begun my annual hibernation. With the season over, the sooner I can ponder and reflect on this past year, the better. Even when I’m letting my body rest from all the hard work of a fencing season.

So with that said, let’s get to the Weekly Challenges!

Each month is broken down into Weekly Challenges. Every Monday, a new challenge will be posted on the Blog and Home Page. If you opted-in on the texting group (contact Kane for details), you’ll begin receiving Weekly Challenge updates starting Monday, November 5th.

The goal of each of these Weekly Challenges is to accomplish at least 6 of the week’s listed activities by the end of the week. This means you can do all 6 in one day or just do one a day. It’s up to you!

Week 1: Reflect on the Season in Your Journal

November 5 – 11

  • Meditate: Take 10 minutes to meditate about this season and record your thoughts in your journal.
  • What did you learn?: Record all the things you learned this year in your journal.
  • What was your best fight? Why?: Describe your best or most memorable fight in your journal. Why does that stand out?
  • What skill did you improve? How?: Think about what skill improved the most this year and how it happened. Record your findings in your journal.
  • What will you practice next year?: Record ideas in your journal about what you’d like to practice next season.
  • Who can you learn from?: Think about all the fencers in the group and list who you could learn from and why in your journal.
  • Mindmap what you do well: Create a mind map of all the things you do well in your journal.
  • Mindmap things that affect your confidence: Create a mind map of all the things that affect your confidence.

Week 2: Record Personal Lore in Your Journal

November 12 – 18

  • Who are you?: Describe who your persona is as a person.
  • Where are you from?: Decide on where your persona comes from.
  • When were you born/how old are you?: Write down when your persona was born and/or how old they are now.
  • Do you have a family? Who are they?: Detail your family situation and who they are.
  • What is your backstory?: Write down how you would introduce your persona to another person. 
  • What are your special skills? Weapons?: Detail any special skills your persona has or weapons they utilize.
  • What are your talents, hobbies, and/or interests?: Describe if your persona has any additional extracurricular interests outside of Fencing.
  • How did you connect with Terrasylvae?: Write down how your persona encountered and came to join Terrasylvae?

Week 3: Acts of Gratitude

November 19 – 25

  • Complete a random act of kindness: Do something kind for someone else today.
  • Compliment a fellow fencer: Say something nice to a fellow fencer.
  • Give a specific “thank you” to someone in the group: Thank someone in the group for something specific you appreciate.
  • Thank an Officer: Thank an Officer from the season for something. Officers were Kane, Ul’vade, Shay, Veron, Don, Draco, Evanlyn, Ladrona, Ja’ika, Miren, & Tsyng.
  • Read Shay’s Attitude article on the website: After reading Shay’s Attitude article, record your thoughts.
  • Tell someone why you love fencing: Share your love of fencing with someone. Bonus points if you don’t know them.
  • Share a helpful TED talk on the Garrison: Post a link to a TED talk you have found helpful to the Garrison.
  • Invite someone to train with you: Coordinate a time to train with another fencer.

Week 4: Publish Your Writing on the Website

November 26 – December 2

  • Read 2 or 3 examples of writing others have posted: Go to the Blog and read a few stories others have written.
  • Decide if you are writing a journal entry or Terrasylvan Lore: A journal entry is a non-story article. A lore entry is a story about your persona. Click links for examples.
  • Brainstorm your story: Write down as many ideas as you can of what you want to write about.
  • Develop a rough draft: Create a rough draft of your piece. Don’t worry about getting it perfect.
  • Share it with a friend for edits: Ask a friend to edit you piece and give constructive feedback/edits.
  • Contact Kane for a personal journal page (if needed): Ask Kane to design a personalized journal page just for you, if needed.
  • Type/Submit your story on the website for edits: Follow these directions to submit your story on the website.
  • Share your published work on the Facebook Group: Post a link to the Facebook group and show off your finished piece.

Winter Warrior Challenge 2019

Well… the Fencing season is officially over. We had a good run, but 2018 is officially behind us as far as Fencing is concern. Now it’s time to start preparing for 2019 with our new Winter Warrior Challenge!

Shay and Miren have put in a lot of work for this year’s challenge to make it better than ever. I hope you all will take advantage of their hard work, but what really is the Winter Warrior Challenge?

The Winter Warrior Challenge

In a nutshell, the Winter Warrior Challenge is a list of activities you can do during the winter months to stay in shape, keep yourself mentality sharp, and help prepare you for the next season.

Last year, it was a series of challenges that you could work on for 100 days. While great, and very impressive, committing to 100 days during what is most likely the busiest time of the year made the challenge nigh unobtainable. That’s why, this year, the Challenge will be broken into 4 month-long themes, with an emphasis on weekly challenges. Those 4 themes are:

  • Mentality – November
  • Grab Bag! – December
  • Physical – January
  • Fencing – February

Starting in November, we will release a weekly challenge every Monday. This will be posted as an individual Blog Post and on the Homepage for easy access and reference. These weekly challenges will detail what you should try to accomplish during the rest of the week.

Take advantage of these challenges and fit them in as best you can. We’ve seen great success if you coordinate with other members of the group and hold yourself accountable to one another. Additionally, Miren and Shay have put together a print-out detailing the entire challenge that you can download below. You can keep track of your progress and even get a head start!

If you have other questions, check out the FAQ below or reach out to us in the comments.

Good luck, Winter Warriors!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Winter Warrior Challenge mandatory?

Absolutely not! The off-season is everyone’s opportunity to rest and relax if they so wish. The Winter Warrior Challenge is merely a resource for those who would like to continue training when we are not holding regular practices.

Do I have to do all the weekly challenges?

No. The Winter Warrior Challenge is an optional resource. If there are parts you miss or don’t want to do, don’t sweat it. We do encourage that you try to follow the challenge closely to take the most advantage of it. The more you put into the challenge, the more you’ll get out of it.

When does the challenge start?

Each weekly challenge will begin on Monday and go through Sunday. Each month also has a “begin by” date which indicates the last day you could start the challenge and still complete everything by the end of the month.

What should I do if I don’t understand something in the challenge?

Ask. If something doesn’t make sense, leave a comment on the current week’s challenge and someone will get back to you as soon as they can!

Do you have any tips for me?

The best thing you could do is to work with others to complete the challenge. Coordinate with your friends, either through texts, online, or in person, on what you’ll be working on each week and report back to them when you finish. Not only will you help each other stay accountable, but you’ll be able to learn and grow together. 

Where can I talk about the challenge with others?

The best place to talk with others is in the Winter Warrior Challenge 2019 section of the Order Garrison. You may need to register/login before making comments. 

Is it possible to get reminders?

Of course! If you’d like to get reminders (starting November 5th) specifically for this year’s Winter Warrior Challenge, please contact Kane for details.

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