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Rapier Activity Descriptions

Last updated July 12, 2017

Tuesday, August 1

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 4
Class - for beginner and intermediate fencers and those who teach them. These drills will focus on form, balance, movement and coordination.

Étude 1 (first week) is more linear;

Étude 2 (second week) adds off line/lateral movement. Emphasis will be on learning the études for home drill, as well as taking elements out of the drill for more focused work in groups.

Wednesday, August 2

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 4
see August 1

Thursday, August 3

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am
see August 1

Early Bird Tourney
Time: 10 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 1
Pick fights, take names and get acquainted. The purpose of this tourney isn't to win the most bouts, but to find the most interesting facts about your opponents. "More talk! Less fighting!" Who will the MICs give the bird to this year?

Friday, August 4

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am
see August 1

Johannes Liechtenauer's Longsword 101
Time: 9 - 10 am. Location: University Tent - Battlefield
Master Geoffrey Athos von Ulm will teach a basic class covering Johannes Liechtenauer's recital. It will begin with guards, footwork and master cuts going on through as much of his recital as can be managed in an hour. Bring a longsword if you have one. Some loaners will be available.

7th Annual Poker Card Tourney
Time: 10 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 2
A bear pit-style format where the loser of the bout stays to fight the next fencer. Fencers stay until they win or have 3 deaths. Double kills count towards the number of deaths. Fencers leaving the field shall receive a playing card and shall keep up to 7 cards. The winner of the tournament shall be determined by the best poker hand of 5 cards. This format will be run twice to determine two winners. There will also be a volunteer winner chosen at random from the marshals that help assist in running the tournament. You could win by playing or by volunteering!

Best of the Known World Rapier Tourney
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Come watch the best of the best fight! Open only to those with a grant level rapier award, Masters of Defense, knights, and Masters of Arms.

Saturday, August 5

The Battle of La Rochelle
Time: 9 am - noon. Location: Fort.
Heavy rapier and rubber band gun melée. Attackers will have unlimited resurrections, defenders will have limited resurrections. RBG cannon are welcome. No archery please. Pennsic standard rules for rapier apply. Don't have a heavy rapier? Bring a dagger or two. Bring a friend or 20. The more the merrier. Don't like to fight melée? Come and get close to the action and help marshal the battle. Please muster at the Fort half an hour before the start time, especially if you want to fight along with a particular group. Time permitting, we will let the holders of all the assembled kingdoms' and principalities' highest award for rapier, and kingdom and principality rapier champions see how long they can hold out against the Known World! Always a fan favorite.

The Battle of Tortuga
Time: 1 - 2 pm. Location: Rapier List 1.
Two ships meet at sea. The one filled with pirates will attempt to board the other that will do its best to fend them off. RBGs will be allowed.

Sunday, August 6

Rapier Bear Pit Tourney
Time: 10 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 2
Three passes, winner stays, three fights maximum. Every skill level welcome. Bring your best, and fight until you can't fight any more. Prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. If you've ever felt like you didn't get enough fencing in at Pennsic, here's your answer.

Longsword of Fiore dei Liberi 101
Time: 11 am - noon. Location: University Tent - Battlefield
Master Geoffrey Athos von Ulm will teach a basic class covering Fiore's fighting philosophy, footwork, posta and a few basic long plays. Bring a longsword if you have one. Some loaners will be available.

War Point - Rapier Melee Champions Battle
Time: 1:30 - 2 pm
3 melees; 20 person teams. (See full details.)

War Point - Rapier Heroic Champions Battle
Time: 2 - 4 pm
Each side has 15 rapier champions and 2 Cut & Thrust Champions, fighting individual bouts. (See full details.)

Monday, August 7

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am
see August 1

Atlantian 5-Man Melee Tournament
Time: 9 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 1
Teams of up to 5 rapier fighters allowed, with a maximum of 2 MODs (or vigilants). Fighting will be held with Atlantian conventions. In: DFB, knee walking to engagement, running. Out: Push cuts, tip cuts.

Fabris and You
Time: 10 - 11 am. Location: Rapier List 4
A short introduction to the principles and postures of Italian Rapier as taught by Fabris. Bring mask, gorget, and rapier.

East Kingdom Rapier Tourney
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 2
A round-robin followed by a double-elimination. Efforts will be made to balance out round-robins. Tournament is open to all qualified fencers from all kingdoms.

Cut & Thrust Rapier Tourney
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 4
Fight with your rapier the way it was meant to be used! This C&T tourney is intended for late-period rapiers and side swords with complex hilts. Period-inspired conventions and points-based rules prioritize clean fencing and showmanship. Swept hilts, basket hilts, and similar guards required. Permitted styles include single sword, sword and dagger, sword and buckler (14" maximum), and sword and cloak.

Greybeard Fencing Tourney
Time: 3 - 5 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Open to all fencers 55 years of age and older.

The Tadcaster Militia Gauntlet Arcade Extravaganza
Time: 3 - 5 pm. Location: Rapier List 3

C & T Pas d'Armes
Time: 4 - 6 pm. Location: East Battlefield (in front of the Atlantian Pavilion)
A celebration of cut-and-thrust combat in the style of a period Pas. This is not a tournament but an opportunity to test yourselves against others with like interest. Preference for early period kit and simple hilts. After a time, the field will be opened to those with more modern kits. Weapons will be limited to those with a simple guard (cross hilt). If you have simple hilted swords and gauntlets to lend, please bring them.

Format will be a challenge. The challenged will get 1st choice of two of the following: Weapons Form (Sword in one hand, Sword and buckler, Sword in 2 hands); Field of battle (At the barrier or Upon the field); Armor (As worn, Specific available areas, no restrictions); Circumstance (5 blows with reset, 7 counted blows, to satisfaction). The challenger decides the other two.

Bring your best! Observers are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, August 8

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 4
see August 1

Beginning Fabris
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am. Location: Rapier List 4
Interested in checking out a bit of historical rapier? Come learn about the Italian style, and specifically the style of Salvatore Fabris. You don't have to be as bendy as a willow branch, but it certainly doesn't hurt. We will go over basic stance, movement and blade-work, as well as his basic concepts. Fencing gear suggested; we will be working drills.

War Point - Rapier Field Battle
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
4 passes, whole field battle fought to the last man standing. (See full details.)

War Point - Rapier Ruins Battle
Time: 12:30 pm
60 minute battle at the Fort, with unlimited resurrection. (See full details.)

The Revenge Tournament
Time: 3 - 5 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Have you ever been in a tournament where you felt you just needed one more chance at beating that high-level person? You just messed up and want a re-fight, or you want them to remember your name? Well, this is the tournament for you! Bring your A-game! Pools of round robin; after everyone has fought one pass, you can challenge one person you lost to (if you lost any fights) for revenge! If you win you get a point (no one loses points). Top people from pools go on to bracketed fighting. *All authorized rapier fighters welcome. *C&T offered to those choosing to do so. (This will be the first year for C&T options.) Win fabulous tickets and also prizes! Fencers will face a gauntlet of bouts against members of the Tadcaster Militia. Victories will earn tickets that can be exchanged for prizes.

Society Rapier Marshal Moot
Time: 5 - 6 pm. Location: Rapier Marshalling Tent
A roundtable meeting to discuss issues related to the rapier marshallate. This meeting is open to all interested parties.

Wednesday, August 9

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am
see August 1

Ansteorran Rapier Tourney
Time: 9 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 1
Please come and enjoy Ansteorra's hospitality and test your skills at rapier. Her Majesty Sonja looks forward to daring and skillful feats. Format to be double elimination unless we have very high numbers; then we would revert to single elimination 2 out of 3. We will use a shotgun start till final 8.

War Point - Rapier Woods Battle
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Timed battle with unlimited resurrection. (See full details.)

By the Book Tourney
Time: 3 - 5 pm. Location: Rapier List 2
A historical fencing tourney; memorize your Marozzo, review your Ridolfo and study your Saviolo, for the third annual tournament where book worms can be winners! Period fencing forms and period dress as seen in the manuals will bring you success. As always, lavish prizes will be bestowed upon the competitor with the most wins, the best dressed, and the one who best adheres to the style of a given master.

Don Edmond the Lame Memorial Two-Hander Tourney
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Join us in celebration of the joy of two-handed swords and friendship. The format of the tourney will be determined on site by the number of participants, but our goal is to offer everyone the chance to fight as much as their heart desires. Combatants can play by cut-and-thrust rules, as long as both agree in advance.

Thursday, August 10

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am
see August 1

Known Baronial Rapier Champions Tourney
Time: 9 am - noon. Location: Green & Red Lists
Open to all Baronial adult and youth rapier champions. Landed Barons and Baronesses are encouraged to bring their chairs and portable pavilions to help us choose the Pennsic 46 Baronial Champions' champion. Set-up is at 9. Tentative schedule is Adults - 9:30-11:30 am; Youth - 11:30 to 12 pm.

Known World Rapier Cadet Tourney
Time: 10 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 1
Come join rapier combatants from across the Known World in the second annual Cadet Tournament. This tournament will be open to those who are sponsored by a person who has a rapier peerage or kingdom’s high award for rapier. This includes the Order of Defense, Order of the White Scarf, Order of the Bronze Ring, Order of the Golden Rapier, The Dragon's Steel, The Order of Thorbjorn's Hammer, The Order of the Queen's Blade, The Meridian Order of the Blade, or equivalent award. A person may sponsor more than one entrant. Sponsors will be required to sign in their cadet or send a letter of entrance. If you need a sponsor, we will find one for you. This will be a traditional double elimination tournament. Each bout shall be fought to a single kill. Double kills will be re-fought one time. On the second double kill, "Dead is dead!" The finals will be fought best two out of three. All bouts shall be fought with default Pennsic rules.

Blood of Heroes Tourney
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Location: Rapier List 2
Five competitors, each with a specific weapons form, battle against other teams of five in two-minute rounds to score points by placing the "dog skull" on their opponents' stake.

Early Period Cut & Thrust Tourney
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 4
This C&T tourney is intended for mid-16th-century and earlier fencing styles. All weapons will be approved by the MiC, but the standard is a maximum blade length of 39" with minimal hilts that allow for side and/or finger rings only. Arming swords, longswords, messers, and early side swords welcome. Shields cannot be larger than 16" and may not be strapped. Points-based scoring, after-blow, and active marshaling will be in effect.

Lady Rapier Community Tourney
Time: 3 - 5 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Bring your best fighting game to this tournament. There will be an opening challenge round, then a round robin with lots of fighting, and then a finals to determine the winner!

Friday, August 11

War Point - Rapier Strongholds Battles
Time: 11:00 am. Location: Fort
A timed, progressive capture the flag battle with resurrection. (See full details.)

Æthelmearc Rapier Novice Tournament
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Open to any authorized rapier combatant with less than three years from their first rapier authorization, who has never received an award at the Kingdom level for rapier prowess, and who has never won a rapier tourney at a published SCA event. The tourney will be run as a multiple-bearpit tourney. Prizes will be awarded. Note: This tournament will take place on the main rapier field

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