What is armoured combat?
One of the most prominent and exciting activities in the SCA is armored combat. Fighters take part in tournaments for individuals, teams for melees, and large-scale wars with both armoured combatants and archers in the mix! Our combat activities are unchoreographed and the outcome is entirely based on the skill and training of the combatants involved.
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 and force of the strike. Marshals are present to ensure that the combat is performed safely that all equipment used meets established safety standards.
Our weapons are largely made out of rattan (similar bamboo but with a solid core), which enables us to to strike at full speed and full contact. Rattan is used because if a weapon breaks, unlike wood, it shears along the grass instead of splintering. We also use other types of rattan-based weapons including spears, great swords, axes and maces. Our armor is designed to provide covered to important joints and organs so that our combat activities can be both thrilling and safe.
There are minimum standards for armour, 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 protect us.
How can I take part?
Training is held weekly, hosted by the College of St Monica (Monash University). We welcome people of any experience level and gender, however you must be age 16+ to take part.
- Time: 7:30pm-10pm
- Location: Campus Centre Northern Extension and Central 1 lecture theatre foyer.
- Equipment: Loaner armour is available upon request. Please bring your own groin protection which can be bought from any sports supply shop.
- Contact: Post a comment on the College of St Monica facebook page, or contact the seneschal (group president) if you would like to attend
See our events page for upcoming tournaments and battles.