The Order Garrison
Winter Warrior Challenge 2019
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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.
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.
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.
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.