Rapier (Fencing) Marshal

Deputies

  • Don Cornelius Meriläinen

About Rapier (Fencing) Combat

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.

In the Kingdom of Ansteorra, we recognize two types of steel combat: thrust oriented (Rapier) and edge oriented (Cut and Thrust). To participate in steel combat practices you must own or borrow the proper safety equipment, have it inspected and sign a waiver. To participate in tournaments you must be authorized by an authorizing marshal.

How to Participate

The Baronies of Namron and Wiesenfeuer hold joint rapier practice weekly. At your first practice expect to learn basic footwork and bladework.

Between the 2 local baronies we have plenty of loaner/protective gear. You will still need to follow a few clothing rules and bring at least one piece of equipment. Steel combat IS A FULL CONTACT SPORT and VERY ENERGETIC. So, drink plenty of water before practice and ask your doctor about any medical conditions. Wear long pants that fit loosely, a good set of sneakers and have a long sleeve shirt handy that covers all the way to your wrists AND overlaps the top of your pants (approx 6 inches), so that no skin shows at the midriff when moving around.. Wear socks long enough that your pant legs overlap by 4 inches. No skin should be visible between the pants and shoes. Participants must provide their own sports cup.

Practices are on hold at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions, but this page will be updated as soon as our activities resume.

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Forms and Reporting

Rapier Marshal Applicant Information

Please review the Rapier (Fencing) Marshal Reference Guide prior to applying.

Applications may be completed using this online form. The “Position Being Applied For” field must be “Barony of Namron Rapier Marshal.” Email addresses to receive copies are:

Proof of membership (Family or Sustaining) must be submitted to the Local Seneschal, Deputy Rapier Marshal- Northern Region, and Kingdom Officer Applications Coordinator.

If you are unable to use the online form, a paper version is available for download. The submission requirements are the same.