One of the rare action shots of me in a tournament.
Marika Kesler and pet dragon…
If you can’t hit a moving fingertip nine times our of ten, you can’t fence worth a damn.
Courtney Rice and Marika Kesler
Chris and I at a demo
Lunge practice in the old location
A little fencing action in the old school
The old school was really a beautiful location. We put so much work into it.
Me and Jonathon Whitely in Palaestra
Three slightly grumpy women, not such a bad thing. Three slightly grumpy women with swords? Trouble.
A little first blood duel. Man, those things hurt.
Back in those days we were so badass we taught rapier with longswords.
Apparently I said something along the lines of the usual sort of thing I say. Ahem. Probably felt clever at the time…
When are swords not fun, really?
Anna Belkine and the Dragon of Doom
A little wrestling before the start of the swordplay.
Chris Moone in an epic fight with Devon Boorman. Look at the curve his block is putting into the sword!
Justin Ring, Jonathon Whitely, and me
Demoing in Palaestra with Chris Moone
Me and Chris Moone demoing a technique in the Palaestra class.
Anna showing why she was a serious threat on the fencing floor. That only looks like a smile…
Those floors were hand-finished by us all.
Marika Kesler and Courtney Rice. These series of photos were taken by Lee Smith, now with Blood and Iron. We used some of the shots for window decorations, got lots of compliments from people in the neighbourhood.
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