Did you grow up with swashbuckling stories and movies? Did you long to know what it meant to be, as Shakespeare called it, “the very butcher of a silk button”? Did you long to be a musketeer? Did you watch Game of Thrones, look in the mirror, and say “Not Today”? If so…
The Rapier Marshal is responsible for safety at all events and practices for rapier combat.
Rapier combat within Ansteorra covers a great many activities. On the rapier field, you’ll be using steel weapons, predominantly against unarmored opponents. Rapier is a great way to learn about historical swordsmanship, from I.33 all the way to Capo Ferro and beyond. If period combat isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of room for swashbuckling of every stripe.
Contact our local marshal. They will be able to give you details about upcoming practices, activities, and events
Most events include rapier combat as an activity, so come on out to a local event and watch the fun, and see if it’s something you might want to do.
In order to pursue our sport safely, there is equipment you will need to bring or borrow in order for you to participate.
Equipment You Need to Bring
long-sleeved and full length pants (or skirts) that you can move in; rapier combat requires that you have no exposed skin on your arms, legs, or body
If you have male genitalia: you need to bring your own athletic cup and supporter. This is optional for persons with female genitalia.
(recommended) bring water
Loaner Gear We Can Provide Until you can acquire your own:
We have plenty of loaner gear, including swords, fencing masks, and protective gear. Loaner gear is great for letting you get a taste for the activity before you decide to invest in equipment of your own.
Whether this is your first foray into swashbuckling or you’ve been playing for years, you’ll want to take a look at our rules. You can find them here (SCA rules), and here (Ansteorran Participant’s Handbook). Familiarize yourself with the Society and Ansteorran rules for rapier combat.
Most local groups have someone on hand that can show you the ropes – basic technique (footwork, defense, and attack) and basic fencing concepts. It’s a good idea to start with these basics, and focus on those fundamentals when you’re new.
If the rapier isn’t your thing, but you’re still interested in fighting with steel, plenty of people practice longsword, arming sword, and other earlier period arts under the umbrella of Cut and Thrust combat. Come to our local activities, or reach out to us online, and we can connect you with the people who share your interests!