Greetings, In a Sword fight lots of things are happening at one time. I will attempt to share how to see these things as they happen and before they occur.

  The eyes are open Large and Broad with your perception being strong. Do not be distracted from your gaze by insignificant movements of your opponent or your surroundings. I have heard the excuse," A leaf fell" and caught my eye. As you use your GAZE try to see all that is there. Keep your concentration on what can Harm you. This includes the sword that is trying to hit you. As you practice your Gaze you need to open up your peripheral vision. Even though you eyes are not moving you need to see above, below, left and right of where you are.  SEE how your opponent is stanceing. Left foot forward or back, Shoulders square or on point, Breathing hard or easy. Sword High or Low. Intent on you or something else. You should try not to blink as the fight could be over that quick.

 So, GAZE is Broad eyed and aware with recognition of all movements and reaction or preemptive motion being digested by your self. I suggest starting with a candle. Let your eyes rest on the flame as it flickers. Try to not move your eyes or close them as you watch. Let the flame move around your eyes as water swirling around a still finger in a running stream. Be not to close or to far, a sword length from the candle is a good starting point. As you become accustomed to the flicker of the flame, expand your GAZE to include the wick burning away. The wax slipping down the candlestick, The smoke rising from the flame and the shadows behind above below and around the flame. Do this without moving your eyes or your head. Try to be aware of all in your GAZE without losing sight of all in  your GAZE. Most people when they achieve a Gaze for themselves are truly shocked at how much they were missing before.  After a while you should be able to read this without following the words or the lines with your eyes.

Good luck and Keep your sword arm strong.


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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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