Medieval combat with swords, shields and armour is great fun, but like any sport, there are rules and regulations to ensure the safety of the combatants and spectators. Heavy Armored Fighting is a full speed, full force, un-choreographed martial art.
The Rules of the Lists set out the Society's standards on weapons and armour, and how hard the fighters are allowed to hit each other. The SCA has a good safety record; however, as with any sport, there is an inherent risk involved. We try to make participants aware of the dangers, and insist on responsible behaviour.
A fighter must be authorized in order to fight in tourneys and wars. Authorization is done to confirm that the novice knows the rules of combat and is sufficiently skilled so that he or she will not be a danger to himself or to others on the field. Our Barony offers fighter training and practice on Wednesday evenings.
Fighters are responsible for obtaining their own armour and weapons, although loaner gear is available for those starting out in our sport. You will find that most fighters make much of their armour, using metal, leather, or plastic, but buy specific pieces, like helmets or joint protection, either new or used. All armor must meet safety standards and requirements. Please feel free to contact our Knight's Marshal (KMarshal@SCANorthWoods.org) to find out more about getting involved in armored combat!