A little wrestling before the start of the swordplay.
One of the rare action shots of me in a tournament.
Me and Jonathon Whitely in Palaestra
When are swords not fun, really?
The old school was really a beautiful location. We put so much work into it.
Those floors were hand-finished by us all.
Three slightly grumpy women, not such a bad thing. Three slightly grumpy women with swords? Trouble.
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
A little bit of wrestling fun
Me and Chris Moone demoing a technique in the Palaestra class.
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…
Chris Moone in an epic fight with Devon Boorman. Look at the curve his block is putting into the sword!
Marika Kesler and pet dragon…
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.
Lunge practice in the old location
A little fencing action in the old school
Demoing in Palaestra with Chris Moone
Anna Belkine and the Dragon of Doom
Anna showing why she was a serious threat on the fencing floor. That only looks like a smile…
A little first blood duel. Man, those things hurt.
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