Battle Living

I know, I know; I have been a bad blogger. Hitherto, I have posted thrice a week on average for a few years in a row. Recently, however, I have barely posted at all.

“WHY, GODS, WHY?” I hear you type into the comments box.

Normally adventure-silence is caused by me not getting up to much of interest, which means I have very little to write about. At the moment, however, I have simply been doing TOO MANY THINGS OF INTEREST! I’ve been so caught up in DOING things and TRAINING for other things that I haven’t made time to WRITE about what I am DOING or TRAINING FOR.

For example, I am now a qualified background screen combatant, having passed the British Action Academy Warrior Phase II. Since then, I have worked on two films: Reign of the General and Hamlet, which were almost entirely opposite experiences.

In just over a month I will take Phase III, which is by all accounts the most physically and mentally challenging of the stages. Having already witnessed some Phase III students taking their tests, I am under no illusions as to the standard that will be required of me. It is therefore imperative that I train as much as possible in the short time I have allowed myself, to ensure my weapon techniques and character portrayals are second nature. This will not be easy…

Luckily I possess a training gladius…and a piece of drainpipe that is serving as a spear. Unluckily (but also both luckily and awesome-ly), I am spending 17 of the next 35 days abroad, so will have to work extra hard to ensure I make time to train. I’m not sure I can sneak a gladius into my hand luggage….although it is worth pointing out that I once bought a gladius home from Poland, although I had to keep it safely in the hold.


On top of this, I have also been pushing my strength training hard. This, however, I shall save for a separate post. You know, to spread the content out and make it look like I’ve put more effort in.

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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