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Winter Warrior Challenge 2019  

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Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Report your progress, ask questions, or coordinate with others on weekly challenges.

”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : October 25, 2018 12:47 pm
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Day 1: Meditate

This season has been one of my favorite and most memorable seasons. I feel that I successfully filled an administrative role, while allowing others to lead both on & off the field. Seeing the Officers Corps rise to the occasion was definitely a proud moment for me and a highlight throughout the year. On the flip side of that coin, I do feel that it took me much of the first half of the season to really establish how the Officers could rise to the occasion. I would like to do better with that next year and I think I have the seeds to a few good ideas.

I'm grateful at the progress and opportunity I've had to work with my apprentices, @Rasputin & @Edward. It's been a pleasure seeing them grow and pick up on different pieces of my style that suits them. Watching the two of them fight has been very exciting for me, especially when they fight each other. I am also proud of the work I accomplished concerning the Types of Fighters theory during the first half of the season. I feel that there is still more to uncover and interpret when it comes to who we are as fighters and I know I'm only scratching the surface.

Seeing many members dive into Lore and posting their stories has been such a joy to be a part of. I'm really proud of the creativity and uniqueness those stories have brought to the group and to the world of Terrasylvae. Magic is in the air again and I can't wait to hear more.

Overall, I'm very proud of how this past season has gone. Most of my experience has been through the eyes of the Captain and so there isn't much to speak of when it comes to my own personal development, which would be my only regret. I could have spent more time pushing myself to new heights, but I'm happy with what I did instead.      

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”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 5, 2018 2:22 pm
Shayen Locke
(@shay)
Woodland Scout

Challenge: Meditate

I took time to meditate today about the season. A lot of my work at fencing was focused on the group, and others, but in the time I took during the week at home I made some significant progress. I studied confidence and better blocking this year and I feel I have come to a better understanding of both though I still feel I have a long way to go.

I specifically took time today to consider what I am willing to do to reach my goals. I wrote it down and I was surprised at a few of the things I listed. The one that surprised me the most was that I am willing to accept when I do well. I think we often upbraid ourselves too much when it comes to goals and our progress. As I thought about that today, I realized that being pleased when we do well doesn't have limit our progress. It can instead be some of the feedback we need to keep going, and to eventually reach our goals.  

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Posted : November 5, 2018 7:21 pm
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Day 2: What Did I Learn?

Oh, what a question! What did I learn? How could I possibly list them all. I've learned so much from my own personal study, from teaching, and from the captaincy. That's also not including all the bits of knowledge and technique I've picked up from conversations with many individual fencers. If I had to list some of the highlights, I'd say my study of the Runner/Blocker/Charger theory for the first half of the year was a big one. My study of peripheral vision was also fascinating and even helped me in the torchlight tourney. On other notes, learning to write lore and other content for the website was a learning experience that I'm happy I went through. I'm glad I learned to delegate the administration of the group and some ways to empower the lieutenants. I hope next year I can focus on empowering the sergeants with the help of the lieutenants. 

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”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 6, 2018 9:30 pm
Shayen Locke
(@shay)
Woodland Scout

Challenge: What did I Learn?

Wow! What a growing year for me. The obvious one was the blocking challenge I set for my self. And I did learn a lot, but I wrote about that already. So there were two other things that I learned that I think were even more valuable.

 

The first is that people are more important than getting things done. I accepted a challenge early in the season to go for 7 weeks without giving a command. I wasn't perfect, I kept a tally of the times I messed up, but I learned that there is a better way to engage people that empowers them. I still work on this, and I appreciate feedback.

The second thing I have learned is more about my own style. There are a few things that I do very well and when I intentionally employ them they usually work. I have a very strong block three when followed by what I know about charging can be very effective. However as was just recently pointed out to me, that is also easy to counter, so I now have a next step to learn which I find very exciting. 

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Posted : November 7, 2018 9:43 am
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Day 3: What was my best fight? Why?

I had a lot of good fights this year, but one session in particular stands out. A few of us were studying the Runner/Blocker/Charger theory in my backyard and each of us were trying to be 100% a Blocker, Runner, or Charger. Those fights were incredibly illuminating and exciting because each of us perceived what the styles meant and how they were implemented. Additionally, I had a really cool moment against Sylas (a Charger), where he rushed me as I was circling him. The moment he began his charge, I dropped to one knee and sniped him in the neck. It was so sudden that I made it through his guard as he came in. It was a really cool moment because it really proved to me that there are opportunities all throughout a fight. We just have to be able to see them for the split second they are available and take advantage of them.

”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 8, 2018 10:18 am
Shayen Locke
(@shay)
Woodland Scout

Challenge: What was my best fight? Why?

 

There were so many good ones this year. A few weeks ago I was fighting with @edward and I was practicing blocking. There were a few people on the side keeping tally of losses and wins and I was watching the running total out of the side of my eye. It got to a point where we were pretty even, so I decided to mix it up and try charging. And I totally started loosing! I could barely believe it, I've been a charger for so long I thought I had that down really well,but then it turned out it isn't my best skill. I loved seeing that in a fight with such contrast. It was a super awesome learning moment for me. 

I also had one fight where Kane and I were well within range and both coiled for a strike. We were both waiting for the other to move and it was kind of in a twitchy state. So I started counting down to the moment when I would move. Totally out loud. And I moved just a fraction before the count down and got the shot in. I was excessively pleased with myself. @kane Sorry if I was a jerk about it! And just for the record in that situation Kane was destroying me in all the other bouts. 😀

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Posted : November 8, 2018 8:46 pm
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Day 4: What did you improve? How?

There comes a point where you just can't keep up a certain level of speed and intensity anymore. Whether it's getting old or you just push yourself too far too often, it doesn't really matter. Last year – meaning 2017 – I came to the realization that my fencing style was pushing me too hard. It felt like I was burning the candle at both ends and I'd walk away from fights utterly exhausted or damaged. I knew that I couldn't keep it up forever.

So this past season, I really focused on slowing down and trying to develop a more methodical pace. I asked myself often, “How can I slow down, but still be more effective?” Even though I was a Runner, I tried not to run. If anybody were to watch me fight, you might notice that I walk a lot. I tried to develop a Runner's style, but take out the “running” aspect and I think I succeeded.

I found that effective movement doesn't always translate into speed. Sure. There were times when I would up the speed, especially to keep up with people like @Veron or @Jaika, but that wasn't necessarily to point. I found myself able to be more methodical with my fights and choose my actions more deliberately. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the skill I improved the most this season was my Runner's style minus the running.

”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 9, 2018 9:04 am
Shayen Locke
(@shay)
Woodland Scout

Challenge: What will you practice next year?

 

I have two things that I want to work on for next year. The first being combining blocking and charging.  I want to be able to move in with out people getting around my guard. The second is really hammering out what my style is, so I can better share what it is that I do. I have it in my head but I'm considering writing a bunch of it down. I'd love company in this process if any one want to try to write their style down too. We can bounce ideas off each other. It could be fun.

I think the way that this is going to translate from week to week is going to require more reflection in the moment of fencing and after as well. I need to record, better than I do now, exactly what I'm doing that works and what doesn't work and why. I need to make time while I'm at fencing to do it and then throughout the week to review and plan my next steps. I want to ask myself more questions. 

What do you all ask yourselves while you're fencing or after? What are you all seeing when you fight?

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Posted : November 9, 2018 1:34 pm
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Day 5: What will you practice next season?

After thinking about it, what I've decided is that I would really like to work on my bag of tricks next season. I've worked on the core aspects of my style for the last couple of years, but there are a lot of little things that are in my head that I haven't really written down or tried to explain. Hopefully next year I'll be able to record a lot of my little tricks and philosophies that I use within any given fight.

I think it'll take a lot of analyzing and poor attempts to explain them, but I think it'll be worth it in the end.

”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 9, 2018 11:34 pm
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Day 6: Who can I learn from?

I feel like this is the easiest question that has been asked all week, because there is so much to learn from everyone. I think I could learn something unique from each person, but that would take forever to write down and these challenges aren't intended to take that long 😉 That being said, here is what I would like to learn from a few people next season.

Damian : Your low-angled shots.

@Jaika : Your technique with case.

@Shay : Your fencing journaling organization

@Evanlyn : Your blocking strategies

@Draco : Your "drunken" style

@Veron : Your forearm shots

@Miren : Your teaching techniques

@Tsyng : Your perspective on individual fighters

@Don : Your multiple attacks strategies

@Illidan : Your footwork variations

Sedos : Your deathstick techniques

Rhiannon : Your rush attacks

@Tilly : Your buckler style

And for those of you who I didn't mention specifically, it's because I'm still learning about you and formulating my mental image of you. What I would like to learn from everyone really is the thing that defines you in your mind. I really want to understand those iconic things that make you "you" and then try to emulate that. So don't be surprised when I ask you to teach me what makes you "you". 😉

”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 11, 2018 12:49 pm
Kane Driscol
(@kane)
Woodland Scout

Week 2 – Challenge 1 & 2: Who Are You & Where Are You From?

So Kane has been my established persona since I started in the group. The spelling was different for awhile (originally, KAIN), but it has been Kane Driscol for the majority of my time in the group. Kane means "little battler" and Driscol means "from the place of wild roses", so Kane Driscol translates to "little battler from the place of wild roses" which I find incredibly fitting being here in Terrasylvae.

Kane is from Bishop's Castle which is actually smack-dab on the border of Wales/England. He identifies himself as Celtic and has strong tendencies towards his Welsh side, but can pass as an Englishman when he desires.

My vision of who Kane is has developed over the years but he's always been my Red personality taking over (for those of you who know what I'm talking about, I'm naturally a White personality with Red undertones. Kane is a Red personality with White undertones). He is someone who doesn't mince words and is slow to pull his sword. He's pretty easy-going and is more interested in having an adventure than most other things. He's dedicated to what he does when he finds the motivation and will switch into different "modes" depending on the situation.

A recent addition I've made to my Kane persona is that he's a bit of a title/name collector. Not intentionally, of course, but Kane Driscol isn't his real name. He received the names of "Kane" and "Driscol" from others through his adventures. The Fae know him as "Anturiaethwr". He's known by the Algonguin's of North America as "Hesutu", while the Iroquis call him "Otetiani". Additionally, he bears the title of Captain of the Order of the Rose currently.

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”I think about intuition in the context of fencing as the sum of all of your experiences taking the form of a feeling that something is going to happen even if you don’t necessarily have the evidence to support it.” – Sada Jacobson

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Posted : November 13, 2018 11:00 am
Shayen Locke
(@shay)
Woodland Scout

Week 2 - Who are you? Where are you from?

My name is Shayen Locke, I am also from Wales I am from the South central coast. My father is a salt merchant and I split my growing up years between traveling with my parents, by land and sea, and being raised by my paternal grandmother in Wales. I speak both English and Welsh. My grandmother taught me to read and write and I became a voracious reader at a young age.

My family helps smuggle English bibles into England for distribution by the lollards. 

I came to Terrasylva at 18, left at 21, traveled the world for 8 years and among other things learned to bake bread in Europe. I married a Greek man who is on the run from people who want to kill him. We have two kids.

We returned to woodland and built a home and a bakery. I returned to serve in the company as an officer for nearly five years before being released.

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Posted : November 13, 2018 4:47 pm
Shayen Locke
(@shay)
Woodland Scout

Week 2 - Lore backstory day 3

Most of the questions on this weeks challenge I have already answered in the stories I have written, so I am going to go a little off base with this one. But I want to sort of keep to the spirit of the theme. I developed Shay's story over several years, just adding bits and pieces as I went along. The over all feeling of her history is one of living a totally normal life interspersed with the outrageous, out of place, and extraordinary.

Shay appears to be unimpressive person. She looks like an average every day wife, mother, and baker. An outsider would make the mistake of underestimating her, or ignoring her completely. She has used this to her advantage. She lives a really normal life in the Village and is really a very quiet person most of the time. However she has managed to do some very interesting things that she simply doesn't find a need to talk much about. Neither does she identify herself by them. She doesn't consider herself unusual, rather she views her self as a normal person who has seen and been part of many unusual things. 

Her work for the Order she does out of love and duty. She has a firm opinion but also an intense curiosity, these combined make her a perpetual student in every aspect of her life. In her younger years she was ready for any fight, but now she is more cautious because she has something to lose. She is instinctively impatient, but has learned restraint by experience. She prefers to support others rather than lead out, but when the need arises she can be a powerful voice.  

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Posted : November 14, 2018 3:05 pm
Lorcan MacBroin
(@lorcan)
Terrasylvan Villager

Lorcan (Who, I discover I pronounce Lore-suhn, rather than the correct way, Lore-can) is an Irish name, meaning “silent”, or “fierce”.  MacBroin is a highly uncommon name that means “Son of the Raven.”  Lorcan grew up in Northern Ireland, in a dying mining village named Shalemont with his brother Lucan and his father.  He grew up reading and learning all he could, ignoring the world.  However, he eventually learned he couldn’t turn a blind eye to the suffering of others.  His father eventually sent him to a monastery to become a priest, which he did, further enriching his mind, and learning what it meant to have friends, and what virtues a person must have.  However, after the monastery was ransacked and burned, Lorcan lost everything.  He eventually met Ul’vade and Evanlyn, who brought him to TerraSylvae, where he has lived to this day (with a short break to go on Crusade).

Lorcan carries a great deal of negativity from his past, due to neglect and abuse from his family, and losing everyone he cared about in the monastery. Due to his experiences, he tends to be conservative, critical of himself, and fearful that others will reject him, or that he’ll lose them again.  However, he possesses an indomitable will to do what’s right.  His extensive reading has given him perspective into reason and human morality, and he will fiercely defend what he knows is right.  He makes a loyal and supportive friend, and while he is not as skilled or confident as his peers, he strives to be like them, and stand by their side, and will follow his friends anywhere.

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Posted : November 15, 2018 3:55 pm
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