So yea. K&Q Rapier was almost a month back and, man, this year was a day. After eight years of fencing in the SCA and five Sweet 16 appearances, I finally won King’s Champ.
I’m gonna compile all my thoughts about the tournament and the weeks leading up to it. It’s all tied together and were important to my road to the tournament, but no idea if the ideas will come across.
You can read my 2016 & 2015 recaps here. Apparently I didn’t write one for 2017?? Lame.
I know sometimes my sword-friends get frustrated with their skill development. Been there. Still there some days.
So here’s a little reminder. It’s hardest to see your progress through a mask.
When you get better the people around you get better. You make them better and, in turn, they make you better. It’s a leap-frogging cycle that makes measuring your progress frustrating at best and disheartening at worst.
But it’s so worth it for when things click. It’s worth it to prove to yourself that you can.
So when you feel that frustration build to a boil, take off your mask. Step away from the lists. Get feedback from people you trust. Tell the self-doubt to fuck off. And keep grinding away at those XPs.
I love Birka. Ever since I joined the SCA it’s been one of my favorite events of the year. I love that I get to fight a bunch of different people in a relatively short period of time. I also love that I can mine the stats that’s collected from the event I’ve used it to measure how I’ve progressed from year to year — both in standings, total points, and win percentage. It’s my yearly measuring stick.
Last year I won Birka. Went 70-10 for a .875 Win%. Not bad at all. I was looking to see if I could retain my title.
Yesterday was the East Kingdom’s King’s & Queen’s Rapier Championship. It was a beautiful day for fencing. Sunny and comfortably warm. A naval fortress on the coast as our backdrop. Great day. Great location.
Today was the East Kingdom’s Ladies of the Rose Tournament. I had the pleasure and honor of fighting for Duchess Elisanda of Meridies. The rest of our fencing half of the team consisted of Don Devillin, Uraka, Trian and Scrooby. It was definitely an interesting mix of a fencing team, but a solid squad.
I figured we’d do well in the fencing half of the tourney, but we far surpassed my expectations. We came in second place in fencing and our Rose team was fourth overall. Definitely a good showing. Really proud with how our team did. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun, and everyone pulled their weight in getting victories. So I’m sure no one left feeling like dead weight (we had none).
Personally, it was a great day. I went undefeated in my bouts, which was comforting and a nice confidence boost since the past few practices have felt frustrating. A lot of it stems from trying to fine tune some techniques against good fighters. A recipe for frustration. So going 10-0 and only losing one limb during the entire run was pretty awesome. Hoping I can continue that trend at K&Q next month.
Also some other exciting news. I officially became provost to Master Donovan (provost is what the East is calling the fencing squires; not sure what other kingdoms are doing). We’ve been discussing it since after I got my OGR at GNEW; figured since today’s event was about camaraderie, courteousness, and pageantry, it was a good event to make it all official.