Well, it’s been some time since I posted anything. Vacation, return to work, all that has just taken up enormous chunks of time, and frankly, I had nothing substantial to say.
One of my students and friends, Rachel, has been working on uniforms for the school. We had come to the realisation some time ago that we wanted uniforms. That realisation got pushed into the realm of a WMA (or more precisely medieval martial arts) Gi-type garment for doing our unarmed and dagger work. It’s quite clear that Fiore’s (and even Liechtenauer’s, Talhoffer’s, Von Auerswald’s, etc…) is what we would term “shirt wrestling.” In an attempt to bring ourselves closer to the reality of Fiore’s wrestling, I was hung up on getting some kind of wrestling jacket for our uses.
Of course, many already know that I’d been hounding Nicole of revivalclothing.com for her to make us a wrestling jacket, but when it finally came the price point was just too high for us to justify making it mandatory for everyone. Another solution needed to be found.
In comes Rachel. She designed the whole thing, sewed them up, and kept its lines clean and the design simple. The whole upper portion, sleeves and all are made from one piece of cloth (12 ounce cotton canvas). Seriously, they rock – and… just in time for WMAW. We will look spiffy indeed.
As soon as we got these things out of the box, we were keen to try them out. So guess what we did – Wrestling! They stood up well to the rigours of some pretty spirited freeplay without a hitch, and we worked the stiffness out of them pretty quickly.
So, thank you to Rachel and thank you to a great group of students whom I am proud to call my own and push me to continue to better myself and the school.
I am a lucky man indeed.
A couple of pics follow: