When I think of the Order of the Rose, I think of Fencing.
That’s not much of a surprise since it is a Fencing club, but there is more to the Order of the Rose than just fencing. And a conversation I had last night helped point that out to me.
In the original Order of the Rose Manual, it was declared that the “Order of the Rose was established as a company open to anyone who wanted to learn how to fence, without fear of ridicule or judgement. We welcome safe, honorable, fun-loving people who desire to become skilled swordsmen.”
This is the foundation of the Order of the Rose. A place for anyone with a desire to become a skilled swordsman to learn how without fear of ridicule or judgement. We train Swordsmen!
But what is a Swordsman?
I think there are a lot of different interpretations to what it means to be a Swordsman, so I won’t pretend to have the answer. Every swordsman will have strengths and weaknesses, perspectives, and contributions that are unique to them. Even then, though, there are consistent motifs when the subject arises. Such as:
- A Swordsman is dedicated
- A Swordsman upholds the Four Levels of Importance
- A Swordsman strives for Mastery in their craft
- A Swordsman is willing to learn
- A Swordsman is willing to teach
- A Swordsman is ready to fight with a willing sword
- Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
This is what the Order of the Rose is striving for! To be a place where people can learn how to do and be those things!
When I think of the Order of the Rose I should be thinking about my pursuit for Swordsmanship. Not just Fencing.
We are learning how to dedicate ourself to a skill. How to learn and how to teach. How to stand up for a set of ideals even when it’s hard. Fencing is just the means by which we are learning those things.
It doesn’t matter where we are on the path or how we choose to go about it. Our pursuit of Swordsmanship is shared amongst all of us in the Order of the Rose. That commonality can bind us together and allow us all to achieve more than we could have done on our own.