What is Youth Rapier Combat?

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In particular, a rapier is a type of light, one-handed sword originally carried for civil defense. The term rapier is believed to have first been used in the late 15th Century, but the weapons known as rapiers were in widespread use from the 15th through 17th centuries.

As firearms became more common, and armor less effective against them, a need for speed in an engagement made the rapier a natural choice. A rapier generally consists of a 1 1/4 inch wide blade with quillons and a one-handed hilt. While the blade changed little during its time, the rapier’s hilt went through many changes. Hilts were gradually enhanced with swept basket, bells, and improved quillons, all of which protected the fencer’s hand.

The use of the rapier remains the world’s most studied style of swordsmanship. Rapier combat is best known for its lightning fast moves and highly accurate attacks. In the SCA, rapier combat is recognized in almost all kingdoms. The rules of engagement vary slightly from kingdom to kingdom but the basic art remains the same.


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