Sunday, November 1, 2015

Further on Down the Road. ( I think that is the title of a Clapton tune.)

Yesterday one of the coaches of my German long sword class made a post about a deal they had on buying steel tournament weapons. Who wants in? This is when it hit me. I don't know where I am going with the whole long sword thing. Paying 350 to 490 dollars for a weapon I  may never use in a tournament kind of brought it home. That is two or three pairs of Nike fencing shoes. ( I need new shoes.) Long sword equipment you need for actual tournaments is EXPENSIVE! Plus travel.

As I have recorded before, I have a dozen reasons for dabbling in long sword. But the best one is just to have some fun. I did not feel the same passion I felt when I picked up a fencing weapon for the first time.

I don't have to decide right now where I am going with the long sword class. It is a ten week class. I will look at it down the road and figure it out.

The reason I posted this in my journal is that through long sword, I see what it is like to be a recreational fencer. ( Not that I am some great competitive fencer.)  It is okay to want to do something like this and have no real goals of competition. Not everyone needs to have the drive and passion. It is fine just to want to have fun and follow the path to see where it takes you.

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