The following post was originally published on the Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly blog on July 30, 2019. When we tell other martial arts instructors and school owners that we offer sliding scale pricing for events at Valkyrie, one of the most common responses that we get is: "But don't you lose a lot of … Continue reading Sliding Scale Pricing, by the Numbers
My book, Fear is the Mind Killer: How to Build a Training Culture that Fosters Strength and Resilience, is now available in both paperback and ebook editions! ORDER NOW! This project began almost exactly two years ago, over a sushi lunch with Guy Windsor. As we were catching up, he casually asked my why I … Continue reading “Fear is the Mind Killer” is now available!
I'm back from my first East Coast swordplay event, and it was awesome! When I got the invitation to teach at the 2019 DC HEMA Open last summer, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew that it was a big part of the local tournament scene and that it would be their first year … Continue reading Trip Report: Capitol Clash DC HEMA Open
Last weekend's big event for Valkyrie WMAA, Big Gay Sword Day, was created in a moment of frustration. Someone had posted in one of the biggest online HEMA forums and asked a simple question: were there any HEMA events aimed at members of the LGBTQ community? The resulting conversation thread was a shitshow. People scoffed … Continue reading Big Gay Sword Day and Celebration vs Struggle
See also: Rollins, Henry - "My optimism wears heavy boots and is loud." Optimism gets a bad rap as blind, passive acceptance of the way things are, or rose-tinted, hippy-dippy silver lining seeking that rejects the reality of bad situations. I don't see it that way. Optimism is the bone deep faith that you will … Continue reading Optimism