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Some Video

I don’t normally post videos of me fighting but it was my last night at my local practice and I wanted to share them. Also, in the next few days I will post about my time here in sweden so far and what I am doing with my training and looking in to some chivalric theory.

Best

-H


East Kingdom Crown Finals and Results

As of right now the final Pair is Duke Lucan and Duke Gregor, Will post when I have details.

Lucan won first round Sword and Shield

Lucan won second round with great sword

Gregor won third round with florentine

Gregor won fourth round with Polearm

Lucan won the Fith round Sword and Shield!

Duke Lucan von Drachenklaue and .Duchess Jana von Drachenklaue are our new King and Queen!

Best

-H


East Kingdom Crown List

This is the Eastern Crown list for Oct 23rd:

1 Duke Gregor von Heisler……………Mistress Kiena Stewart
2 Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm…..Duchess Brenwen the Faire
3 Duke Lucan von Drachenklaue…….Duchess Jana von Drachenklaue
4 Duke Randal of the Dark……………Duchess Kathrine Stanhope
5 Duke Ronald Wilmont………………..Duchess Bronwyn Dawntreader
6 Jarl Thorvald Halversson……………Countess Svava Thorgeirsdottir
7 Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver…………..Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
8 Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski……….Herrin Rosamund von Schwyz
9 Sir Kenric of Warwick……………….Mistress Avelina Keyes
10 Sir Lucius Aurelius Varus……………Saerlaith Ingen Chennetig
11 Sir Stephen Grandchamp…………..Mistress Ellen du Grandchamp
12 Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrucke……..Baroness Vienna de la Mer
13 Syr Cedric of Thanet………………..Mistress Mira Fionnbhar of Argyll
14 Baron Master Angus Kerr…………..Baroness Molly Schofield
15 Maestro Dorio of the Oaks…………Lady Anastasia of the Oaks
16 Master Grim the Skald………………Lady Isabel de Bayonne
17 Master Julien de LaPointe…………..Mistress Carolyne de LaPointe
18 Master Roibhilin MacDomnaill………Lady Skya na Ruadh
19 Thane Aethelhafoc Caegfindan ……Siubhan Wallace
20 Baron Cedric of Amorica……………Mistress Annastrina Ruth O’arney
21 Baron Duncan Kerr…………………..Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick
22 Baron Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov….Baroness Natavia DeCadenet
23 Baron Jean-Paul Ducasse……………Mistress Marion del Okes
24 Baron Karl Meerstappa………………Mistress Anne of Framlingham
25 Baron Roger Stockton………………..Lady Jeanne de Robin
26 Baron Wulfhere of Stonemarche…..Mistress Ardenia ARuadh
27 THL Oscad de Segovia……………….Giselle de Limousin
28 Lady Dziuginte Litovka……………….Dominvs Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs
29 Lord Adain of Coldwood……………..Lady Alaine Ankyrmayder Kinner
30 Lord Ané du Vey………………………Lady Sylvia du Vey
31 Lord Anton Leflamme d’ Saint Aubin.Lady Tati’ana Negoshka Danilova
32 Lord Asgar Roulfsun…………………..Lady Freygerdr in storrada Halladottir
33 Lord Avaldr Valbjarnarson………….Lady Eva Woodrose
34 Lord Bertrand de Valois……………..Lady Isabella Alycia de Valois
35 Lord Buyandelger……………………..Baroness Sfandra Dmitrieva Chernigova
36 Hlaeford Ceawlin Alreding……………Lady Molly Blythe
37 Lord Damon von Drachenklau………Lady Segnat ingeann Donnchada
38 Lord Eoghan Bastard mac Lachlainn.Lady Chiara di Marzo
39 Lord Gavin von Abentrot……………..Pomestintsa Mairead Scherbatsaja
40 Lord Harold Hokonson………………..Lady Gabrielle
41 Lord Ian MacDonald…………………..Lady Tegan Dragonsblood ni Conmara
42 Lord Jozef Ludwiczak…………………Lady Katarzyna Gwozdz
43 Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson……………Lady Ratburc Castus
44 Lord Marcus Blackaert ……………….Lady Astrid Sigrun Ulfkillsdottir
45 Lord Nicholas D’Harrington………….Lady Elizabeth Reed
46 Lord Njal Kennimathor Geirsson Virtannen..Lady Cezilia Raposa
47 Lord Owyn Claerwyn…………………Lady Albreda Aylece
48 Dominvs Tiberivs Ivlivs Rvfvs……..Lady Dziuginte Litovka
49 Dominus Tiberius Nautius…………..Lady Gunvar in Hausakljufr
50 Lord Ùlfr Steinsson…………………..Baroness Leonete D’Angely
51 Lord William MacCrimmon………….Lady Fujiwara no Aoi
52 Gawyn O’Cleiriegh……………………Maeve O’Cleiriegh
53 Spvrivs Ivlivs Flavivs………………..Lady Aneleda Falconbridge
54 Weehafoc of Panthervale……………Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh

Best of luck to all, I wish I could be there!

-H


The Scales

A sword has two edges; just as a SCA fighter has two sides. To me, it is the same as yin and yang or black and white; every day you try to balance you life and your goals. On one side you have your home life and career goals. For me as of right now, I don’t have a family but I do have my career goals, a home, and other things to care for. I am an engineer, with a good job that I love. With this job I get to travel around the world, work with a lot of very intelligent / wonderful people and get to go on adventures of my own very often. I have been to so many great places, and been able so far to visit 3 continents, swim in 2 oceans and 3 seas, visit 14 countries, not to mention how many US states I have been to.

On the other edge of my sword, I am a swordsman to the core. I train every day, whether on the road or at home. I hit my pell, do my slow work, and train every chance I get. I love sword fighting; it feel right in my soul. I get more enjoyment out of 10 mins of youth practice than I do out of coaching any other sport (which I have done at the college level). Sometimes I think this feeling is what it is like for a duck the first time it steps into water. Additionally, I have made life-long friends and people I call family; some I don’t think I would have met any other way and I thank God for allowing me to meet these people.

But in this I find it difficult to keep both edges sharp. Life is about balance and demands that need to be met. When one has a job that is extremely demanding on your time and your mental resources, it isn’t easy to keep your physical prowess at the same level. To give an example (one I am fighting with right now) – if I travel for 2 weeks, let’s say Thursday to Thursday over 14 days, visit 3 states and take 4 plane rides, by the time I get home my mental energy is spent and my physical energy is drained (jet lag) but I want to fight! Hell I want to fight so bad my bones hurt! So I go to an event that Saturday, and I get my butt kicked like no one can imagine.

Now in the eyes of the world I have lost my prowess. No matter how much outside work I put in, it is lost. I don’t want it to sound like I am whining because to be honest sometimes I come out and finish like a champ at a tournament. Heck, that was the situation at Mudthaw this year, I finished high in the ranks after traveling for about 3 weeks with no rest, and I was in Mexico City all week working long hours (2 shifts, don’t ask). But for those 3 weeks I didn’t get to fight, no sca in Mexico, no pell, slow work with whatever I can find. It isn’t that I was lazy, or didn’t want to do it, it was simply physically impossible. If there is no air, how can one take a breath?

The reason for this post is to air a constructive view on the SCA and its world. It’s hard to be both a great fighter and hit every event and still have a demanding and engaging career. I know it can be done, people have done it. I don’t know if it is the norm or if it is the exception. If you want to be a great fighter and swordsman do you have to give up everything else, or is there a skill set of balancing life I am missing and I will find that skill some day? As I reflect inward I find these questions hunting my thoughts. Am I giving all I can? Am I doing what I should be to be a great swordsman? What can I do better to add more value to the SCA? Should I pick only one, be a quick and up and comer Swordsman or Businessman or are they the same thing?

I believe that self reflection is the only way to solve life’s problems, and that asking oneself the hard questions is the only way to find one’s true self. If you go easy on yourself what does that say about the person you are and will become?


King Edward III Quarter Nobles

I picked up 10 King Edward III  Quart Nobles the other day from Jehan de Pelham

They are very nice have a good weight and seem to be very close to the correct look for a early 14th century coin.

But I think the question is why did I pick them up?  Well the truth is I am hoping to do ready for the combat of the thirty (COTT) at Pennsic.  From what I understand it is good to have a ransom or it might be minatory 🙂 still not sure but I figured a few cool coins and a nice chest with cheap wine makes everyone happy.    I am not sure of the period worth, but from what I can tell they would be worth about a 1/4 pound each and a pound would be a good salary for a man of my “station” in this time period.

So that is my thought process, and reasoning behind the coins.

Best

-H


Reflextions of East Kingdom Crown

It has been a few days now after i fought in crown, and to be honest I feel great about it.  I am normally a little harder on myself than that but it felt good this weekend!  Really good.  Generally, I need to throw more leg shots and fight a mid range game.  I have been fighting a range and tight game mostly that day and working on the bosses “cramp his style” actions.  But, if I can add a mid range game I could do a bit more during my step in or my step out.

There are three fights and two fighters that I fought that I just had so much fun fighting.  They would be Uncle Val and Sir Wilhelm of Bloodguard.  The fights I had with these gentlemen we the pinnacle to my day, and if I only fought three fights that day these would have been my choose.  Not to say my other fights weren’t good, or the guys weren’t good guys but I just had so much fun with Uncle Van and Sir Wilhelm.

Sir Wilhelm and I fought two times that day; first was the second round and the last was sweat sixteen.  My first fight with him was hard as hard gets.  We fought for ten to fifteen minutes, and it was a mind game.  Sir Wilhelm was as confident and strong of a fighting as you would expect to come out of bloodgaurd and a amazing guy on and off the field.  He throw this off side shot that wipped my in the lower hip / upper leg.  I couldn’t really tell the difference at the time because it hurt down to my toes.  Than he blasted me in the helm,  Kite is hard to do anything good with once you are legged but I made it a pass or two I think.

Sir Wilhelm and Horace

Than in our second fight, we joke back and forth for a bit and than got into it.  He is an inside fighting  and is very comfortable there, so I had to try and work  my out side game.  As, i was trying to do that he jumped my shorts and I couldnt get out fast enough.  So I had to fight him inside; than he throw a rap and it didnt have anything on it.  Than he stepped out and I hit him with a raising snap, such a lucky shot.   So, we went 1 – 1 for the day.

Than Uncle Val, such a great fight! He head butted me! So cool, he just has so much fun when he is fighting it is contagious.  He has switch over to fighting with a smaller kite with a boss.  He is hanging it lower so I started by picking at his should with wraps, I didn’t have the power I needed to land a few of them and I would never question Uncle Val.  Than he planted his shield side foot and I finally hit that should; Once I had his shield arm I just ground and pound.   Best dude ever

Uncle Val and Horace

Uncle Val and Horace

I had a fun day! What else can be said.  My Consort as always make my day possible, she is right there cheering, helping with my gear and has a fresh bottle of water waiting.  With out that I dont think I would have made it that far at all.  She is just AMAZING thank you Fern you are the best

-Horace

All images taken by Simon