“If,” by Rudyard Kipling, is a late Victorian poem written to honor the stoic tradition but we believe it articulates many of the modern virtues we espouse. These include Fortitude, Courage, Diligence and Humility. We give a reading and our interpretation of the poem with our modern interpretations.
In this episode, we discuss an SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) specific topic. During a knighting ceremony, the Sovereign performing the knighting delivers a buffet (pronounced with a hard “t”) as the last time the knight should take such a strike without answering (“Let this be the last blow you take unanswered”).
This episode was prompted by a recent knighting where the buffet resulted in much online discussion.
If we are fortunate as a martial artist, or anyone that pursues excellence in a skill, we eventually find a place in our minds that is both freeing and calming. That taps into our training and our understanding of our sport or art. What can it look like? And is there a way to train for that state specifically?