"Steel Combat" Is a form of Historical Combat based on surviving period manuscripts from the 14th to 16th Centuries. Our focus is primarily on the Rapier, but other forms (weapons) including: Dagger, Longsword, and Spear are also regularly used. Our Steel Combatants Take part in tournaments for individuals and teams, tactical melees involving dozens of combatants, and even large-scale wars!
The Marshalate is responsible for the Safety, and Authorization of fighters wishing to engage in Steel Combat.
Steel Combat Includes
The Art of defense practiced in all of it's forms:
Rapier Combat is a style of historical fencing practiced in the Society for Creative Anachronism. The primary focus is to study, replicate and compete with styles of rapier sword-fighting found in Europe during the Renaissance period, using blunted steel swords and a variety of off-hand defensive items, including Daggers, Bucklers, and Cloaks. Participants wear period clothing while competing, along with/or incorporating protective equipment for safety. Members of the Society sometimes refer to the sport as simply rapier.
Cut & Thrust
Cut & Thrust is a style of combat practiced in the Society for Creative Anachronism and is an expansion on the rules for Rapier Combat. While still using the same ruleset, Cut & Thrust adds Percussive Cuts as a valid attack, generally has a slightly higher calibration, and adds some additional armor, that allows the participants to incorporate more period fighting techniques. Members of the Society sometimes refer to the sport as C&T or sometimes Sidesword.
Information on Youth Rapier goes here.