This short book distills my principles of training swordsmanship into seven key ideas, divided into three internal principles, and four external principles. They are:
Internal: 1) Mindfulness 2) Flow 3) Adopt Useful Beliefs.
External: 4) No Injuries 5) The Pareto Principle 6) Run a Diagnostic 7) Distinguish between knowledge and skill.
This essential short guide describes each principle, and gives exercises for developing your ability to apply each of them. Follow these for maximum effectiveness in your art, work, and life.
I write books about historical European swordsmanship, and related topics like push-ups. My day job is finding and analysing historical swordsmanship treatises, figuring out the systems they represent, creating a syllabus for my students to train that system with, and teaching the system to my students. Yes, I swordfight for a living.I have also consulted on swordfighting game design and stage combat, and have developed a card game, Audatia, based on Fiore dei Liberi's Art of Arms, my primary field of study.