Armored Combat

Field Battle

The thrill of combat lives in the Society!

Rattan weapon, full armor fighting and loads of fun!

Instruction can be given.

Loaner equipment may be available.

Fighter Practice When and Where
Every Sunday afternoon, numbers and weather permitting, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Glasgow Regional Park, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702 at the old stone wall running parallel to Pulaski Highway/Route 40 at the park’s East Entrance near Pavilion #3. If the ground is soggy, we might practice on the cement pad of the pavilion.  (Google Maps or PDF site map).

PRE-REGISTRATION UPDATE (8/1/21)
We strongly, encourage everyone to sign up for fighter practice using the linked document. Please sign up only for yourself by selecting the Yes/No option under each listed date.  By signing up in advance, you help us determine if we have interest to hold a practice (and with our reports later on).

Caer Adamant Fighter Practice Cohort Sheet

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
In conformance with SCA Board of Directors Resolutions and East Kingdom guidance:

Contact tracing.  Please sign in as soon as you arrive.
All attendees (fighters and spectators) must be signed in on a roster prior to entering practice to facilitate contact tracing. NO PERSON will be admitted to the event without first providing all of the information on the practice roster.

Face masks. Effective August 9th, EK is requiring masks for non-combat activities.
All attendees over the age of 2, including vaccinated individuals, at indoor activities will be required to be masked at all times. At outdoor activities masks will be required for all non-fighting activities. If an individual is not actively involved in combat at an outdoor venue, they are required to wear a mask. Masks may be lowered briefly when eating or drinking. The mask must be worn properly over the nose and mouth and be recognizable as an effective mask.

Not Yourself?  Please stay home if you feel sick.
Please do not attend if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of practice. If you have an underlying condition which increases your risk, strongly consider your own health and safety before attending.

–No sharing of food or beverages.
No food of any kind shall be provided by practice staff or attendees to other attendees. Water coolers MAY be available, but attendees must bring their own drink containers.  Bring Your Own Water/Beverage.

With Delaware’s heat and humidity… it can be easy to experience heat exhaustion or worse. Don’t let this happen to you! Be sure to bring water to practice and to take frequent breaks in the shade.

MORE INFORMATION
Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control (which refers to your minor children and any children attending the event with you for whom you are responsible) as you believe to be necessary.

QUESTIONS
Contact the Shire’s Knight Marshal

Updates & Cancellations
As life and weather are always happening, be sure to check our Facebook page for activity updates (for purpose, date, time or location changes) and cancellations.


Armored Combat
One of the most well-known and widely-enjoyed activities in the SCA is armored combat. Our warriors participate in tournaments for individuals and teams, tactical melees involving dozens of combatants, and even large-scale wars with thousands of participants! Unlike reenactments of battles from history, our combat activities are unchoreographed and the outcome is entirely based on the skill and training of the combatants involved.I really love armored combat because I want to feel the sting of battle, the threat of my enemy, and the sweet taste of victory. — Sir Tanaka Raiko

Combat in the Society is based on a system of honor and chivalry. Because the combat is full speed and unchoreographed, the combatants themselves determine if the attacks they receive were successful based on the angle, location, and force of the strike. Safety officers, known as marshals, are always on hand to ensure that the combat is performed safely and to ensure that all equipment used meets established safety standards.

Weapons and Armor
The weapons used in our armored combat activities are largely made out of rattan, a grass that looks and feels very much like bamboo but has a solid core. Rattan is a safe alternative to wood for our recreated weapons because if a weapon breaks, it shears along the grass instead of splintering. We also have other types of weapons such as axes and maces that use rubber and foam to create a safe replica of the weapon that looks like the original but is much safer to use.

Our armor is designed to provide covered to important joints and organs so that our combat activities can be both thrilling and safe. Both the Society and the individual kingdoms have a set of minimum standards for this armor, but as a general rule, armored combatants must have sufficient protection for their head and neck, their joints (wrists, elbows, shoulders, and knees), their hands, and their kidneys and groin. Armor can be customized to reflect the period of combat the individual prefers to study, from full suits of armor made of plate metal to shirts of chain mail links to scales and belts of hardened leather. We also use shields made from wood or metal that help to protected.