Sunday Morning Reflections

Sunday mornings are lovely. Saturdays are usually a good workout day for me, so Sunday I get that extra restful feeling that comes from being a successful animal. I ate, I ran, I fought. A good Sunday is a time for being a more civilized animal. Reading for a few quiet hours. Watching the small creatures move around outside. Getting together with a friend and some swords, and doing some slow technical work together.

Sunday morning can also be a bit of a bugger for me. I wake up, and have only a limited amount of free time before I start working an extended shift. Today it’s motivating me to focus more on my goal of quitting that job by September and moving back into being a full-time Palaestrics coach. I can’t control whether people come and give me money for my services, but I can control my own actions. I can polish my professionalism. Work on making learning materials, advertising materials, rehearse my business flow. Plan out some activities to help my goal. Getting feedback from people is important. I’m extremely lucky to count some formidably talented friends in my circle. They’ve given me lots of advice so far, and I’ll be reaching out even more.

My plan for this blog is to slowly get into the habit of posting. I want the posts to be of value to people. I’ve been sitting on a lot of information for years, and maybe it’s time to share it. Nurturing your ideas is critical to their growth, but eventually they have to go out into the world, or die when you do. I’ll be talking about training methods, fitness, nutrition, the psychology of training as well as announcing new classes. I’ll also be posting up prices and descriptions for private training options.

I’m committed to doing everything I can to making this my full-time profession. Which means this is the perfect time to for you to give me some feedback. What kind of classes are you interested in? What kind of hours and commitment? What do you expect from private classes? What do you think reasonable prices are? What sort of things make you hesitate? What things are you curious about? Comment away!


7 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Reflections

  1. Kaja Sadowski (@kajaswords)

    Alright, I’ll bite. I’m interested in a well-rounded program that combines building general fitness and good sports nutrition, with developing combat skills (with rapier and cane in particular since those are my favorites). I want a holistic approach to my learning, and I want to get my ass kicked in the majority of sessions. For private lessons, I’d expect a similar approach, but tailored more closely to my physiology and fighting style.

    I can commit to a maximum of 3 hours/week, ideally split into 2 hours on a weekend, and 1 on a weekday. The price question is where I get stuck, as there is a bit of a gap between “what seems to be market price for such offerings” ($100-200/month for 3 hours/week of group/semiprivate lessons) and “what I can currently afford ($75-100/month for the same).

    I balk at committing to classes that serious disrupt my work or sleep schedule (regularly getting up before 10am on Saturdays leads to serious fatigue over time, for example, as does trying to get anywhere before 7pm, since that usually requires skipping a meal). Beyond timing and financial considerations, I’m up for trying pretty much anything, though I’m more inclined to try a short workshop than commit to a 10+ class cycle for activities I’ve never tried before.

    Bonus questions: I’m digging the site so far, and have been enjoying your posts. The design is clean, and the whole thing is pretty easy to navigate (though it took me a bit to find the classes/contact/about links, as they’re a bit too visually separate from the rest of the design, and a bit on the small side). I covet the “Hit Like a Girl” and “Rock Paper Sword” shirt designs.

    1. admin Post author

      Kaja, you remain the Queen of Informative Replies. You rock.

      Sub $100/month seems to be the sweet spot, and I like the idea of a 2/1 weekend/weekday hour split. That appeals to me as well.

      I’m going to play with some options for shorter workshops. I prefer to run a series because it lets me manage the physical adaptations of the students, but perhaps that’s better done via personal training. Something for me to consider for sure.

      I’m still using a stock wordpress template. Css tweaking is scheduled for sometime after I finish reading three or four more books on how to do it. 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Roland Cooper (@SwordCoop)

    I was doing a weekly kettlebells session on Saturday mornings at around 11:30 or so, and that was working into my schedule pretty well (although I do have to be at AD from 10-11 once a month).

    In terms of format, I’d be most interested in a weekly 1-2 hour class with homework for two or three other days of the week. Something tailored to the individual students’ needs, and not just based on what the instructor’s working on. Focus on nutrition and fitness, more than combat necessarily, though practical fitness rather than just exercises (they have to be for something other than just getting better at the exercise itself).

    If the classes were just fitness, I’d be happy with half an hour to an hour (I know how efficient fitness training _can_ be), as long as it’s useful. At two hours I’d expect more information on supplementary stuff, be it nutrition or combat stuff.

    Private sessions I see as being 45 minutes to an hour (per above), or longer (again with more supplemental direction), focussed on giving the student the knowledge to get out an practice effectively on their own and not just “do stuff for an hour”. The reason we should come back is because of the fine-tuning/consultant aspect of it, not because we need you in order to practice.

    My biggest hesitations are a general fear of new things and a general lack of funds. I would totally be all up on the 6-week intro if I weren’t away for 2/6 Saturdays.

      1. admin Post author

        I should make sword-on-shoulder avatars mandatory on this site…

        Roland, great feedback. Thank you. Both you and Kaja are saying things I am in complete agreement with. Which tells me I need to think about what I’m offering a little more and listen to my instincts more than my thoughts about what good marketing might be. 🙂

        Also I need to write up a description of what I do in private classes.


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