Half hour drive, hour bike ride most of the time. But our venues keep changing because it's so difficult to find the right kind of space for sword groups. Our latest venue was called The Dome and was the largest indoor air dome space in the country. I say "was" because record snow destroyed it over the weekend. So now the group is homeless again.
I did 35 miles, 2x/week for about a year. Now I do same distance, 1x/month in private lessons. In a few months, I'll be moving, but plan to stay under the same teacher, so it'll probably be ~450 miles, 1x/month.
Thanks for the replies. It's interesting to see what some people will endure to get to their practice. I have been looking for a HEMA (or similar) group in my area. And while there are some - they all involve a decent amount of distance / traffic / expense, and just general inconvenience. So i'm trying to gauge just how badly do i want to pursue this. Figured maybe hearing what other folks are willing to go through would help put things into perspective a bit.
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2017 16:56:40 GMT by Gregory P.
Hi - uh - my name is Greg... and I'm a sword-aholic.
I am lucky, my medieval combat school is 27 minutes from my house! (Ancient Combat Enthusiasts School or ACES) in Greensboro, NC. My daughter and I would travel a couple of hours to get to one if we did not have one close to us.
Post by LG Martial Arts on Feb 1, 2017 16:56:01 GMT
I'm lucky that the Hombu dojo's for both Aikido and Iaido are about 10 min away (different parts of town though). The Iaido dojo used to be located about 25 min away, but sensei Miyake decided to move it, which made it easier on me.
Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher. ~Morihei Ueshiba
Post by Richard Arias on Feb 10, 2017 20:57:06 GMT
My part of California is pretty barren of sword schools. About 10 years ago I started training in Arizona for a few months out of the year as I could afford. For example last year I logged about 260 hours in the dojo in 3 months. It's kinda why it took me 10 years to reach my Dan Grades :)
Retain what comes in, send off what retreats- Wing Chun Maxim
I found a guy at an hour or twos journey from here who is holding a seminar in Pakistan about HEMA. It's mostly recognition of it and theory etc but I managed to gain favor as a fellow martial artist and him to teach me a few things...
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