[Hellsgate] fighter practice
Equiss01 at aol.com
Equiss01 at aol.com
Fri Mar 4 12:04:58 PST 2011
I was coming regular to fighter practice but I have 2 problems--1. I am
new to the group and new to this type of fencing and with no intruction it's
like giving a person a badge and gun and saying "go be a cop now". The
other problem is gear--as I've discussed before.
It seems that the emphasis is on heavy fighting. I am no 6ft tall
amazon woman and I have no wish to get pummeled to death in this style of
fighting--besides we are back to gear again.
I'm not driving to Austin any more as the same problem occured--no
fencing jacket and hood so I would end up driving from Harker Heights to stand
and watch. And if you are not "part of the group" and New to SCA it is very
difficult to "break in" as everyone looks at you like an idiot when you
have no clue what they are talking about.
Also, driving that far to simply stand and watch others participate
because there is no loaner gear is a waste of time in my opinion. My husband and
I did go down when the baronial candidates were presented and on a few
other occassions. I decided to join the SCA to participate in rapier but it
is not happening at the moment and personally I do not believe it will for
As for the craft night--I work nights and I am once again new to the
group. I am not going to simply show up to someone's house on an open
invitation if I dont know that peson. I don't even know where this residence is.
You can reply that it is my choice not to go or that I am being foolish by
not simply showing up but I will tell you I have worked with other groups
and you will find most people the same way.
I do not sew so while learning how to make period garb is interesting I am
still relegated to buying mine. Lack of garb (and occassionally a night
shift job) is the reason I don't come to anything. Who wants to be the one
sitting in the corner in mundane clothing. Or worse--whow ants to be the
one sitting there with a long tunic over jeans looking like you are the new
one who has no clue.
I agree the fighter practice draws people in. It is the activity that
stops people in the park but you should also have someone there to invite
people over to explain what is happening--like Mel does and she does a great
job at it. I agree that adding banners and flags,e tc is a great way to
draw people in. I already drive 100 miles round trip to work 6 days a week
so driving to Austin is out of the question for me.
Harker Heights was a very convenient location for me but Killeen sounds
as if it has better facilities.
More information about the Hellsgate