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Chivalric virtue #2

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The knightschool talk on courage.

Saturday night is duelling club

Gotcha!  Saturday nights was supposed to be our sparring night in SSG Riga . However we have not had the equipment to be able to spar safely, that is until now. After a very generous donation to the group from our dear friend Björn Flintberg we are now equipped with four Shinais and four fencing helmets and hopefully very soon we will add four pairs of good sparring gloves as well. So now saturday night IS in fact sparring night. and we started today.

Actually we sneaked in a pre premier last tuesday as we had the helmets then. But today we did three hours of duels and melees1. After having trained the students not to hit each other for almost a year it is now alien for all of us to actually be allowed to strike and hit. The students are also for the first time realizing that fighting for real is not the same thing as executing plays. Some panic, others overthink it. Though we may be imperfect there are also some moments of clarity and plain old good times.

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But we are finally getting to where we can work on developing our lion.2 It is a lot of fun for everyone although it stings a bit and we walk away with bruised arms and egos from hits with the sword and the realization of our shortcomings. Whatever bruises we incur we are growing and little by little becoming warriors.


  1. Various cobinations of two against two, three against two, everyone against everyone and sometimes with objectives like cross the bridge or capture the flag. []
  2. Fiore Dei Liberi has tagged courage, valor and chivalrous conduct under the sign of the lion []

Chivalric virtue #1

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Trying out some video blogging here is the first of the eight chivalric virtues as explained by yours tuly.  To accompany the launch of phase II of the knightschool project.

An inspiring moment.

Captain Danielle Strickland posted this recently at her blog ArmyBarmy Remix. It was a very nice devotion and a good time to reflect on Jesus.

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Comment with your thoughts

Aim lower, think smaller, give up & go, have a cup of coffe

What a great Christian slogan! All joking aside this is one of the best videos I have seen in a long while… Spread the word!

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This is why I am a youth worker for life!

People where fine with me being a youth worker when I was 14 and noone even blinked when I was 18 or 22 but now that I am 33 and going into Officers training, people ask me what my vision of the future is and I say urban youth mission, I get raised eyebrows and a lot of wierd responses like: You will go where the army sends you, do what they tell you. Aren’t you a bit to old for youthwork? Isn’t it time to grow up?


We must reach the youth to make a better future, I believe that our children (The children of the world) need to get a vision for the future, needs to learn about chivalry, about prowess, courage, honesty, loyalty, generosity, faith, courtesy, nobility.

Only if they learn to value this as children will it last them and guide them throughout life and only then will we see society change for the better.

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