At the first SCA event in 1966, a tournament was held, and a variety of weapons and armour were used- including the forerunners of what have become the two main types of combat in the SCA:
Rapier combat, including what the SCA refers to as ‘Cut and Thrust’
SCA Rapier Combat has evolved since those early days into an historically informed martial art.
Combat is not choreographed. The combatants are striving to strike their opponents whilst not being hit themselves.
Over the years, research has been done into period fencing manuals and many SCA Rapier Fighters are predominantly or exclusively using techniques from those manuals.
Blow-calling is based on the honour system - if a person feels that they have received a blow which would be injurious or fatal, they react appropriately.
As with armoured combat, safety is the primary concern. Historical accuracy in technique is not required, although generally appreciated.
- Drachenwald historical fencing rulebook, introducing the basics of protective equipment, weapons, rules, and conventions
- Drachenwald historical fencing marshal’s handbook, introducing the steps to becoming a fencing marshal
- Marshal-in-training checklist to help those training to become marshals keep track of the skills they’ve learned and practiced
- Fencing authorisation form using Google Forms, for those who successfully learn new weapons forms for SCA use. Fencers and marshals must complete a form to record your authorisation.
- Fencing authorisation form, PDF format for use at events off the grid
Drachenwald Kingdom Fencing MarshalLord Duncan Chaucer (Phil Mac Fadden)
Drachenwald Card Marshal (Fencing)Viscount Pól Ó Briain (Paul O'Brien)
Central Region Fencing MarshalRichart von Brandenburg
Insulae Draconis Principality Fencing MarshalCatlin le Mareshal
Aarnimetsä Barony Fencing MarshalLord Gilbert Blackthorn
Nordmark Principality Fencing MarshalViscountess Jacquelyna de Bellmont (Martha D. Brandt)