30-for-30 Challenge

30-for-30 Challenge | In the summer of 2013 I created a challenge, primarily for myself and a few senior students, to practice 30 minutes of swordplay each day for 30 days. The challenge went from my small initial group of invitees to a group of over 300 participants from all over the world, a good percentage of whom completed the month and many whom continued the challenge for weeks afterward.
30 days is a great way to help set a new habit and over that month I learned about people who brought themselves back to regular practice, built up their sub-dominant sides, got over their fears of sparring, and developed ability in new disciplines they’d never practiced before. I think it is a straight forward challenge and that is part of its beauty.
It’s time to reissue the challenge for the new year. January 2nd will be the first day. The parameters are largely yours to define. Practice swordplay for at least 30 minutes each day.  You can include your current training schedule or you can challenge yourself to go 30 minutes beyond it. Training can be solo, with partners, with sword in hand or through mental exercise. It’s up to you.  Other martial disciplines that don’t include swords are welcome too – last year we had wrestlers, mounted combat specialists, Japanese martial arts practitioners, and more on board.
Sign-up to our Facebook group and state your intention as well as your own parameters (the first and most powerful part of resolution is disclosure of intent). Then every time you complete your challenge send a note to the group, you can share your experience or simply say “I did it”.
I look forward to seeing many of my distant training partners back on board for the new challenge.

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The Third Annual 30-for-30 Swordplay Challenge

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a good holiday and looking forward to the new year as much as I am. This year I’m hosting the third annual 30 for 30 Swordplay Challenge and I wanted to invite you to be a part of it.
You’ve heard of 30-day yoga challenges. Well, this is much cooler. I’m a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions to help me kickstart my new year with a boost of energy.
The challenge: Practice swordplay for 30 minutes per day for 30 days in January from the 2nd to the 31st. This requires no experience and is open to newbies and experts alike!