Learning vs Knowing

If I could give one single bit of teaching advice to everyone, it would be: Let your students do it wrong more often. I know it's hard. You want to help them. You want them to know what you know. You want them to do things right so that they can get more "good" reps [...]

Video: Creepspotting 101

There have been some great follow-up discussions around my last post. One of them highlighted a common and critical knowledge gap: someone looks at an interaction between two people, spots what might be inappropriate or creepy behaviour, but can't tell if the target is distressed or okay with what's happening. This is especially challenging if [...]

To Catch a Predator Early

In the past week, Mishaël Lopes Cardozo, swordplay instructor, competitor, and film performer, has been outed as a serial sexual harasser and abuser. Dozens of women and men have shared accounts of his behaviour, which ranges from making grossly inappropriate and derogatory comments to women he was teaching at events, to physical assault (including deliberately [...]

Interview: Randy King Live

I recently had a ton of fun as a guest on Randy King's debate- based podcast. His format is a neat challenge, and was a welcome change from the  usual “Who are you and what do you do?” interview. He brings on an interesting and knowledgeable guest, has them choose a contentious topic in self [...]

Interview: Chivalry Today

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Scott Farrell of Chivalry Today about my recent book. We discussed the potential overlap between the teaching and training principles it advocates and chivalric values. Scott had some great questions for me, and it was a very good opportunity to look at familiar material from a new [...]