Update On What I’ve Been Up To

Photo from UnsplashIt’s been really, really quiet here lately. I’m sorry about that. I was out of town for a couple of different trips among other things. Now, I’d like to bring you all up to date and try to get back in the swing of things here.

First, the HEMA front.

One of the things that took me out of town was the Schola Saint George Symposium. It was held in Atlanta this year, so my son and I made the trip up to meet folks and learn a few things.

That we did, including a very interesting class taught by Bernadette Tix on how to use Fiore’s work to teach modern self-defense. This was a pretty hands-on class and one I was quite interested to learn. I told Bernadette that the night before the symposium, which was cool since she was worried no one would be interested.

Not so.

Anyway, that class was interesting and I’ll delve into details in another post down the road. For me and my son, Robert, the highlight of the weekend was getting to test for our Compagno belts. Within the SSG system, this is the first belt you earn on your journey and Rob and I earned ours. There were a number of belts earned of various ranks, so much so that someone commented that this may have been the most at any symposium.

That was kind of cool.


As I noted a while back, I was running a good bit. It’s actually a major part of my training these days for a number of reasons, mostly due to concerns over recovery. One of my other trips was to a science fiction convention where I got to chat with my good friend, Dr. Nikhil Rao. Nik reminded me that I’m not 25 anymore and recovery isn’t as automatic as it used to be.

So, I’ve focused on running because, well, I actually like it.

As things currently stand, I’m about a week and a half from finishing the Couch-to-5K program. Now it’s time to start looking at what to do after. That will definitely include some kind of resistance training because Spartan Races kind of require that sort of thing.

However, I also have to run. Honestly, I’d forgotten how much I actually enjoy it. I used to be fairly fast with it, at least when I allowed myself to be. I’m thinking about also doing some 5K and 10K races just for fun.

Right now, though, I still need to finish the program. I’ll have a review of the app coming up in the next week or so, though.

In General

So what do I have going on in general? Well, I’m working on a new novel, so that’s taking up at least some of my time. I also did LibertyCon in Chattanooga, Tennessee where I got to hang out with our very own Dave and his lovely wife, among many others, for a few days.

Then there was the Symposium just a couple weeks later.

As someone who doesn’t go many places, it was a busy month there. It also took a toll on my diet. It’s hard to eat healthy when you eat out a whole lot. after all. For LibertyCon, I didn’t even try. With the Symposium, there just wasn’t a lot of choice in the matter.

Either way, though, I’m home and back on track. I’m also looking forward to things progressing forward in the future and hope to have a lot more posts as things go here.

I apologize for the silence over the last month or so. That wasn’t intentional, but that is also over. Now it’s time to move onto bigger and better things.

Author: Tom

Tom is a husband, father, novelist, opinion writer, and former Navy Corpsman currently living in Georgia. He's also someone who has lost almost 60 pounds in a safe, sustainable way, so he knows what he's talking about.

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