Stolen Gear Fundraiser

A few weeks ago we had a big chunk of our loaner gear stolen…Masks, gorgets, one of the instructors swords, our first aid kit and all of our rubber knife trainers. Needless to say this has seriously impacted our training. Sparring is essential to us, and the lack of safety gear makes that impossible. The fine folks at Academie Duello, led by the inestimable Kimberleigh Smithbower Roseblade, jumpstarted the fundraiser idea. They’ve offered us this friday night at their school to host a little shindig to try and raise the funds we need to get back on our feet. If you do the Facebook thing, you can find the invite here. For those of you who want to help out, but can’t make it tomorrow, we’ve got a donation page set up. R&B Brewing has generously helped us out with some of the costs for beer at the fundraiser. This…

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Mothers

Mothers. They’re so … tactful. I was a few days into the visit with my parents in June when my mother asked something that had clearly been on her mind for most of them. “So… why don’t you have a flat stomach? I mean, with all the exercise stuff you’ve been doing…” For the record, this is me: I gave her the short answer (“diet”), but it was one more reminder that people who don’t do “exercise stuff” and even most of the people do have pretty much no concept of just how much goes into turning a body into what you see in magazines or on TV. Everybody (with the possible exception of my mother) has seen that Dove timelapse cover girl video, and everybody knows that everything in the media is photoshopped to death, but it’s almost impossible to internalize the idea in the same way that we’ve…

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Growing Power

Probably the number one reason people don’t come to our classes is fear of our workout. The language we use to talk about what we do at the school seems to make people uncomfortable. People that run marathons or at least jog regularly, people that hit the gym for weight training, people that study other martial arts…all of them seem to worry about how they would do in our class. I understand where they are coming from. You mention handstands or cartwheels…that can be a pretty intimidating thought. Fencing seems a bit intellectual, which is at least not too scary. Wrestling? Boxing? From the land of the couch, those seem pretty distant and scary. Adding to the discomfort, this blog and the school website have lots of pictures of workouts and people looking fit. And the truth is we are pretty fit. But we didn’t start out that way. We…

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