In this episode of The Sword Guy, I talk to Kaja Sadowski, author of the must-read Fear is the Mind-Killer, about training with two swords, training in high-stress situations, and lots more training besides!
Kaja has been a physical instructor since 2004, teaching figure skating, rock climbing, and mountaineering before coming to martial arts in 2010. She joined the coaching team at Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly in 2012, and created their beginner program shortly afterwards. She currently teaches group and private lessons to students of all experience levels, and run the school’s self defense program.
Her primary weapon is the rapier, and she also teaches unarmed striking, grappling, and knife combat. Her interests vary from the historical to the modern, and range from recreational martial arts to practical self defense and professional use of force. She has been a civilian auxiliary with the Vancouver Police Department’s Force Options Training Unit since 2015, participating in realistic tactical training scenarios and providing guest instruction to their Special Municipal Constable program.
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Maija Soderholm on designing knives and Random Flow training
Da'Mon Stith on African martial arts
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Michael Chidester, Director of Wiktenauer
Lois Spangler on translating Spanish rapier texts, designing fencing jackets, and more.
Jake Norwood on founding Longpoint, fencing in armour
Kendra Brown on Women in Armour, and Translating Latin Fiore
Tony Wolf on Maori Martial Arts, Bartitsu, and can an Uruk bench-press a motorcycle?
Dr Eleanor Janega on medieval history, the Dark Ages, and who gets to have a sword?
Robyn Alman: anyone can do this!
Kirk, the Knight of Green, on making videogame swordfights real
Alina Boyden on Indian weapons, aerial combat, and German longsword
Rigel Ng on mindset, military service, and why we train
Kimberleigh Roseblade on setting fire to nunneries, Fiore's wrestling, and more.
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