From the Blog

  • Hot fencer in uniform!

    The other day I had a hot thought…… Can we see if there is a measurable difference between how much heat different uniforms retain? My conclusion was that yes, we can. Recently the FIE and Leon Paul did experiments on various uniforms using an amazing mannequin from EMPA in Switzerland, a specialist in testing clothing. The amazing temperature sensing mannequin from EMPA wearing and testing different fencing uniforms. The mannequin c...
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  • Remembering Squadron Leader Tommy Pinkham, Royal Air Force

    "Never was so much owed by so many to so few" Winston Churchill-August 20, 1940 This story doesn’t really have much to do with fencing, but I want to share it with you anyway. It was in 2006, I’d flown to London for work. I was staying with Barry Paul and his wife Joan, who live near the Brent Reservoir in Wembley. Barry is Leon Paul’s grandson and now owns the Leon Paul Fencing Equipment Company. In his day, Barry was a 5 time National F...
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  • What’s Your Game?

    Varying motivations bring people to HEMA. Understanding these can help you attract and retain training partners by by ensuring that everyone’s needs are met. A while back, I suggested giving The Inner Game of Tennis a read. One lesson from it that I touched on was the idea of different motivations and goals in playing tennis. Or, in our case, in historical fencing. Gallwey calls these “Games People Play”, and gives four main types, each wit...
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  • How wireless fencing technology works.

    I have spent the last few months listening to my brother, Alex Paul, talk about wireless technology. In that time I have learnt many new words like Farad (F). A Farad is a unit of capacitance. Capacitance is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together…. The Future of wireless sword fencing Ok, so now I am just quoting Star Wars and to be honest when my brother starts talki...
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