Had a lot of plans this weekend, but they’ve all been put aside. So many last minute things to do to be ready for the first class. We’ll get it all done in time, but it’s a ton of work. Some of it’s fun. Not really necessary, but part of the point of a new school is to have fun…

Part one was going out and buying new knife trainers for the indegogo people who kicked in for that level. Buying them meant stopping in at the new Warriors and Wonders location. Jay was in, so I got a chance to catch up with the Worlds Greatest Arms Dealer, and hear the latest gossip from the blade manufacturing world. Most of the news was the same-ole same old…Need more money to buy more neat things. Ah well. We got the trainers, and Courtney is going to be scribing them. I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

Our fundraiser is still going great, we are ten dollars short of a thousand, which is kind of awesome. T-shirt sales are going strong, and we are even starting to see one or two sales through the links to our store on the sidebar, which means we actually get more than a dollar a sale. Which does motivate us to start prepping some new designs, and whole new looks.

So far my favourite new look is the prep design for Valkyrie WMAA t-shirts, and what may be a really neat logo for the school. It’s a tough little bit of design work, so we’ll see if it works out. If it does, it might be worth us doing a run of properly silk-screened shirts with full-shirt coverage. They would look amazing, but not be cheap…

The workout portion of class is concrete. Written, polished and practiced. The first hour will be unlike anything else anyone has ever done, unless you were there for the last few months of SCG. Most of my work as a teacher will be in stopping new students from working out too hard. The exercises are fun, but the average calorie burn rate is far higher than most people are used to. Going through a few classes with heart rate monitors was eye-opening…Every feels like the class experience is energetic and fun, but not grinding or what otherwise would be classed as “hard.” The heart rate monitor showed exertions between 70-80%. Considering we keep that steady pace going for the first hour, you can see why I have a mandatory feeding break built into my teaching schedule. I want all the students to stop and eat a carb/protein snack at that point, otherwise they crash into zombie-brain for the next hour. And I always insist they eat as soon as class ends…if they aren’t going out for a beer afterwards.

The second half of the class, the rapier drills, is mostly done. I think I’ve figured out how to teach rapier skills with no instruction other than modelling, and well-constructed drills. For fighting skills, it’s not so hard…but I’m feeling ambitious and want to work in Marozzo’s techniques as well as Capo Ferro’s, and that’s…looking like I may have done it, but I may hold off on running those drills until I’ve had time to test them more rigorously first.

It’s going to be a good day tomorrow…