A Barony in the Kingdom of An Tir which is
a Part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA, Inc)
Marshallate Information and Resources
Videos from Fight Practice
Our own Don Talentus has taken several videos of local fight practices and offers them for your viewing
pleasure! The videos are at Talon's YouTube site.
About Heavy Fighting
The Original and most common style of Marshall Arts as practiced in the SCA
is what is commonly referred to as "Heavy" fighting. It's goal is to
approximate the traditional fighting skills of the Medieval Knight. The primary
weapon style is "sword and board" or sword and shield, but other
weapons such as the mace, two-handed great sword, battle axe, assorted pole arms
and a style called florentine using two swords are also used.
Heavy fighting like other marshal arts is a full contact sport. Blows are
made with sufficient force to simulate real combat. To ensure the safety of the
sport, each fighter or heavy must wear armor that adheres to a comprehensive set
of regulations. Vital areas of the body must be protected in specific
ways, however, a variety of interpretations are possible allowing each fighter
to construct armor to express their particular persona or personal flair. Bruises are common and
often considered a badge of honor, especially when received from a top notch
fighter. Full details on armor requirements are laid out in the ABC's or An Tir
Book of Combat.
Weapons are constructed of rattan, padded and wrapped in layers of duct tape.
The weight of these weapons approximates real swords or other weapons.
Requirements for weapon construction is also covered in the ABC's.
Combat occurs in two forums; tournament or tourney fighting and war
scenarios. Tourney fighting pits one fighter against another in a formal
bout. Occasionally, melee or small team fighting is included in a
tourney format. Wars are set up to involve a large number of fighters in armies
often including archers and siege weapons. They give fighters an opportunity to
practice strategy and unit tactics.
In all fighting situations, the slain man says if he be slain. And
dying a good "death" is almost as important as striking a good blow.
Marshals keep an eye on the festivities to ensure safety regulations are
observed. Should the marshals deem the fighting unsafe for any reason,
from a loose strap to a pet loose on the eric, a hold is called on the field.
When the fighters hear a shout of "Hold" all fighting ceases.
Marshals then give instructions to resolve the issue and fighting may
resume at the marshal's call of lay on. A Shout of "Hold" has also
become a general warning of unsafe conditions throughout the SCA.
An IKAC, or Inter Kingdom Archery Competition, is a competition where
You shoot : 6 arrows at 20, 30, 40 untimed: TWICE.
You shoot a speed round, 30 seconds as many arrows as you can, at 20, 30,
The total is 12 rounds. The target and scoring is the same as for a Royal
For more information: see the website scores-sca.org (IKAC) Inter Kingdom Archery
What are Thrown Weapons?
Live steel weapons are thrown at wooden rounds and straw bales.
Sound fun? Come try your hand at the art of Thrown Weapons.
Expert instruction is provided for new throwers at all practices.
Seasoned throwers can record scores at all published practices.
Scoring in thrown weapons involves 20 axe, 20 knife, and 20 spear throws. Axe and knife are thrown from 10 feet at a
The target face has 3 inch, 8 inch and 14 inch concentric circles. Three points awarded for cutting the 3 inch circle.
The Spear is thrown at a straw bale placed 15 feet from the line. An 8 ½ by 11 inch piece of cardboard with a 3 inch
circle is placed in the upper half of the bale. Scoring is 3 points for cutting the 3 inch circle, 2 points for cutting
the cardboard and 1 point for hitting the bale. The highest possible score for all three weapons is 180 points.
Our Thrown Weapons Champion is determined by skills at standard target and novel scenarios.
Where can I try my hand at Thrown Weapons
Thrown Weapons practice is held Spring through Fall, weather permitting. As of 28th September 2016, Thrown Weapons practices are
in abeyance until the coming of Spring!
Please note that there are age restrictions, the youngest thrower (with parent present) on the practice field
must be 9 years of age.
Thrown Weapons Competitions are held at various events in An Tir during the Tourney Season.
Dragon's Laire events featuring Thrown Weapons include June Faire and Last Chance.
Our Thrown Weapons Champion is determined by skills at target scenarios.