By: Jefferson Webb
Although I’ve heard some criticism expressed in the Historical European Martial Arts community within the past few years of the sport of the Medieval Armored Combat such as what we see in the Armored Combat League or in the International Medieval Combat Federation, there are some key points that we can learn from such a sport.
Let’s look at some of the, perhaps a bit unrealistic aspects of the sport first. Now, it needs to be mentioned that any sport needs rules, and while the average spectator unfamiliar with the sport of armored combat may think there are no rules, there are a number of them. One of these rules that changes how these men fight as opposed to actual Medieval and Renaissance armored combat was conducted is that there are no thrusts allowed in the sport of armored combat. This is for participant safety, and while we do thrust in my H.E.M.A. school, it’s understandable. We see fighters making what would be cutting / slashing strikes with their various types of swords against armored opponents, and it is common knowledge that of course this does little to nothing (in terms of causing death or injury) to an armored warrior of the period. With a sword, thrusts were used in the gaps and through the visor to defeat your armored opponent. Of course, there was also getting them to the ground and “finishing him rightly,” with a dagger/roundel. (more…)
By Jeff Webb
New Ulster Steel Fighting hosted House Wars III Combat Tournament this weekend in Woodway, TX in White Hall Park. Competitors fought in the single combat event with arming sword and round shield (and a back up weapon such as a dagger or a hand ax), the Teams Melee event, and in the Last Warrior Standing Event. Only first place is recognized in the House Wars series. In the Single Combat event, fighters endured a series of round robin rounds of fighting before advancing on to the Single Elimination round where combatants fought to achieve the honor of first place. (more…)
For the past two years now we have enjoyed keeping up with our friends in Trondheim, Norway and their incredibly popular Saint Olav’s Tournament. This tournament is a competition of mounted skills in Historical European Martial Arts.St. Olav’s Tournament is held every year in Trondheim Norway. It takes place close to the Nidaros Cathedral. The jousting group Ordo Ignis, of Trondheim in cooperation with Olavsfestdagene host an annual invitational jousting Tournament. Six to eight participants compete in Skill at Arms, Joust and Melee on the historical jousting grounds of the kings holding in TrondheimHere are this year’s results for the St. Olav’s Tournament 2015.
Bear Steinar Gundersen, Tore Gransæther, Erik Ryen, Bente Andresen, Per Estein Prøys Røhjell (Pelle), Ivar Mauritz-Hansen, Bertold Voss (Bertie)
Tournament Champions and overall placings included their points:
1. Erik, 100 points (11 crests)
2. skin, 91 points
3. Victoria, 27 points
4. Ivar, 18 points
5. Bjørn, 9 points
5. Tore, 9 points
5. Bertie, 9 points
We offer up a celebratory congratulations to all of the competitors, both riders and horse of the 2015 Saint Olav’s Tournament for their mounted skills and agility. It takes an immense level of dedication to training and a passion for the arts to achieve the skill needed to participate in this level of competition, and at such a prestigious tournament. Again, congratulations from all of us here at New Ulster Steel Fighting School of Medieval Combat Arts.
By: Jeff Webb
Pictures and printed information used with permission from the Family Hassel-Ryen and The Saint Olav’s Tournament.
My family and I went on a vacation for the month of July to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and what an incredibly beautiful land. We decided that we did not want to just go for five days or so and be the average tourists, rushing to see as much a possible in such a short time. We wanted to “live” there. We wanted to take our time,establish ourselves as much as could be done for a month, and attempt to live as much like a local as we could. I have to say, it went pretty well and we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed living in a large city, using public transportation and going about on foot, and found it to be a very efficient mode of getting around. Even when leaving town on a short day trip, the public transportation was fine.
As a martial artist, I did not want to go the better part of a month with little or no training. I had been following a world renowned school of European martial arts on Twitter for some time and checking up on their web site regularly after a student of mine told me about them several years ago. This school is Academie Duello, in Vancouver, directed by Maestro Devon Boorman. Before we left Texas for Vancouver, I went ahead and signed up for their course entitled, A Taste of the Renaissance. It’s main focus is on the use of the rapier, a weapon I have never had any previous training with. So, I was excited to be signed up and getting ready to attend such a well known school. My expectations were more than met, and I had a great time training there. (more…)
FIGHT FEST! 2015 was a great success in which we saw attendance from the Texas fighters from the Army of Jomsborg, and fighters from New Ulster Steel Fighting. All of the fighters, support personnel from both sides, and spectators had a great time, in spite of the heat (92 Fahrenheit with a heat index of 102 at one point). The awards were great and all involved would like to give a huge thanks to Kult of Athena for the sponsorship and donation of a Wulflund Viking Sword and a Wulflund Antiqued Finished Norman Helmet. Their donation was very generous! Also thanks goes out to New Ulster Steel Fighting for their organization of the tournament, and for sponsoring the award medals (41 awarded in all), an award shield, spangen helm and ax head. The sponsorship from Kult of Athena and New Ulster Steel Fighting made this a tournament in which the victors truly did walk away with some spoils for their hard fighting! Finally, New Ulster Steel Fighting would like to give our thanks to the Texas members of the Army of Jomsborg for a great showing both in numbers, and in skill on the field of competition. We hope that a firm alliance and friendship has been formed and that it is long-lasting.
The placings in each category are as follows:
One on One Combat Event:
1st Place Gold Medal – Clinton Dale (Jomsborg)
2nd Place Silver Medal – Dave Kilbourn (Jomsborg)
3rd Place Bronze Medal – Rob Kilbourn (Jomsborg)
In the 5 Fighter Team Melee:
1st Place Gold went to Jomsborg Team A
2nd Place Silver went to Jomsborg Team B
3rd Place Bronze N.U.S.F. Team C
In the Last Warrior Standing event:
1st Place Gold – Tyler Bryant (NUSF)
2nd Place Silver- Savannah Wingo (Jomsborg)
3rd Place Bronze – Justin Kincaid (Jomsborg)
All fighters received the FIGHT FEST! 2015 Combatant’s Medal
Congratulations to all fighters!
Pictures below shows the Champion of the One on One Combat Skills Event, Clinton Dale, Army of Jomsborg and his awards. The next pictures show the Champion of the Last Warrior Standing Event, Tyler Bryant, of New Ulster Steel Fighting. We hope to soon have a picture of the Gold Medal Jomsborg Team A who won 1st place in the team melee.