BladeSports International in Waxahachie, Texas

BladeSports International brought five of their competitors to Waxahachie, Texas on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  The event was hosted by Boyce Feed and Grain in historic downtown.  Mississippi custom knifemaker, Donovan Phillips led the cast of competitors. Donovan is sponsored by Spydeco and is a mainstay on the cutting competition circuit. Not only is Donovan the reigning National Champion, but he was the 2010-2012 overall points leader and National Champion.  Ted Ott of Elgin, Texas was also in attendance. Ted is sponsored by Benchmade and is a past world record holder in the 2×4 speed cut by cutting a 2×4 in half in 1.845 seconds.  Gary Bond also competed.  He is a lifelong resident of Waxahachie and was the World Champion in 2008.  Gary was the only World Champion to compete.  Custom knifemaker Dwight Schoneweis of Arlington competed, as well as a custom knifemaker from Mississippi.  Although I was late to the event and missed the competition, it was great to talk with all the competitors.  All five stayed around until 2:00 p.m. teaching locals the cuts and knife safety.  It was a great event for Waxahachie. Thanks for all those that participated.  (my bulldog “Fifi” made the group picture)

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I am an Assistant County and District Attorney at the Ellis County District Attorney's Office. On November 20, 2017, Comedian Bert Kreischer inspired me to start a weight loss journey. I started this journey at 475 pounds. Through Bert's support, Professional Wrestling Hall of Famer and Fitness Legend, Diamond Dallas Page reached out to me and changed my life. DDP Yoga and Nutrition under Dallas' guidance keeps the weight falling off of me and increases the quality of my daily life, every day. I started this podcast and blog to personally track my journey but to also interview other extra usual individuals. Those that inspire, teach, help, create, invent, discover, or are simply interesting. A lawyer for 24 years, I see negativity and conflict daily. I want to be part of something positive and inspiring. This is my outlet, my journey, my mid-life crisis, my future. If you know someone inspiring to you, let me know. I will interview this person, maybe he or she will inspire us all. Thanks. Vance
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