Martial Arts

Rapier/Fencing Combat


Credit to Darter (mka Ron Lutz)
SCA rapier combat differs from traditional Olympic style fencing in several ways, including the use of a heavier blade called a schlager and the incorporation non-linear movements. In addition, secondary weapons (such as daggers, extra swords and cloaks) can be used. Additional information about SCA rapier combat rules are here. Rapier practice is typically every Wednesday and Sunday at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion.

Single Heavy Armour Combat


Credit to Viscountess Elashava bas Riva
SCA heavy Fighting is open to Lords and Ladies of our Society and they engage in full speed and full force martial combat. This combat system is one based on the honor of the participants, as it is up to them to recognize and acknowledge which blows are valid. Safety is important – weapons are made of rattan (a type of wood that frays instead of splintering) and protective armor is required to ensure safety of the fighters. Additional information about SCA Armored Combat can be found here. Armored Combat usually takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion.

Group Heavy Armour Combat


Credit to Kate Luthner, Pennsic 37
Group Heavy Armour Combat, also known as melee combat, consists of large battles with many participants. It occurs on different occasions throughout the year, at many events and wars. Armies from different groups, households, and even whole Kingdoms wage war on open battlefields. The largest of these events is Pennsic War and for two weeks a small city of 10,000+ people gather to put on the largest war of the year. You can check our home page or the kingdoms event page for events that have combat and many other activities occurring.

Combat Archery and Siege Equipment


Credit to Beothuk
These activities occur during Group Combat and is where archers and siege crew dressed in protective armor, like the heavy fighters, can participate in group combat. Those who practice Combat Archery and Siege use special, blunted projectiles such as arrows, bolts, javelins and other various projectiles that can turn the tide in many a battle. Combat Archery and Siege does not occur at all events due to the space requirements needed however you are more likely to find combat archers then siege; additional information can be found here.

Target Archery


Credit to Dirk van der Kruis
Archery has existed either for sport, hunting or combat for thousands of years and is enjoyed by many in the SCA. Modern construction and materials are not allowed. Thus, compound bows, fiberglass arrows, and metal shafted arrows are not permitted. Archery Practice usually takes place on Wednesdays and Sundays at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion. Additional information can be found at Northshield Archery Resource Files.

Thrown Weapons


Credit to Caoilfhionn ingen Cheallaigh ui Mhordha
Thrown Weapons include a variety of edged projectiles, such as Axes, Knives, and Spears. Axes and Knives are usually thrown at stumps of wood. Spears are typically thrown at softer targets like hay, to prevent them from bouncing back toward the thrower. Though there are Thrown Weapon competitions at events, there is an ongoing Inter-Kingdom Challenge held every year. Thrown Weapons Practice is usually every other Sunday at the Stock Pavilion. Please check the calendar for any changes to the schedule because on occasion we do not have use of the stock pavilion or practice is canceled.

Equestrian


Credit to Alissende de Montfaucon
Dedicated to the development of historical equestrian arts and science, and all around good time with horses. Ground crew, riders, and horse owners encouraged, you do not need a horse to participate.