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Rapier Activity Descriptions

Last updated May 8, 2018

Tuesday, July 31

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

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on July 31)


Thursday, August 2

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on July 31)

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 MIC give the bird to this year?


Friday, August 3

Étude for Single Sword
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on July 31)

7th Annual Poker Card Tourney
Time: 10 am - noon. Location: Rapier List 1
A bear pit-style format where the loser of the bout stays to fight the next fencer. Fencers stay until they have won or have 3 deaths. Double kills count towards the number of deaths. Fencers leaving the field, whether they won or lost, shall receive a poker 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: 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Come one, come all, watch the best of the best fight! Open only to those with a grant-level rapier awards, MoD, Knights, and Masters of Arms.


Saturday, August 4

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.

Free Scholar Charity Rapier Tournament
Time: 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 3

Progressive forms triple elimination with a $5 suggested donation. The donations go to the winner's choice of breast cancer charities.

The Battle of Tortuga
Time: 2 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 1.
Upon the high seas two ships meet, one crewed by merchants, the other by dreaded pirates. Who shall prevail? Only time and skill will tell. An RBG-friendly, non-war point rapier bridge battle.


Sunday, August 5

Étude 3 for Single Rapier Obliques and Cuts
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
For beginner and intermediate fencers and those who teach them. These drills will focus on form, balance, movement and coordination. Étude 3 focuses on oblique movements for offense and defense as well as a variety of cuts. Emphasis will be on learning the étude for home drill, as well as taking elements out of the drill for more focused work in groups. Each of the 5 sessions will take a different element out of the drill for daily focus and is self-contained. Attendance every day is not required, but is beneficial to long term retention. Equipment needed: rapier, gloves, mask, gorget. Full fencing armor is not required as we will do slow drills, not full sparring.

Rapier Bear Pit Tourney
Time: 10 am - 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Nothing fancy here: a classic bear pit tourney. 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.

Cut-and-Thrust Early Period Tournament
Time: 10 am - 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 3
Blossfechten (early period unarmored) point-based tournament, restricted to weapons common in the first half of the 16th century and earlier. Guidelines for allowed weapons: - Maximum blade length (measured from crossguard to tip) is 38". - Blades must be at least 1" wide at the hilt. Rapier blades mounted on simple hilts will not be allowed. - No complex or cup hilts. One large side ring, posts/nagle, or a knuckle bow will be allowed. - Allowed styles: single sword, sword and parrying device or dagger, or two-handed sword. - Daggers may not have complex hilts, including any side rings or posts, and may be worn at the belt. This tournament is part of the Cut-and-Thrust Triathlon, though you are not required to participate in any other tournaments.

War Point - Heroic Champions (Rapier & Armored) Battle
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Main Battlefield
(See full details.)

War Point - Rapier Melee Champions Battle
Time: 3 - 4 pm. Location: Main Battlefield
(See full details.)

Teaching Italian Fencing and Western Martial Arts
Time: 4:30 - 6 pm. Location: Rapier List 3
An exploration of martial pedagogical concepts, this class is designed for intermediate to advanced fencers who are responsible for teaching fencing at local practices. Concepts can be applied in class settings as well as one-on-one coaching. Discussion will cover the varied learning styles and ideas for teaching that can connect with them. A sample class lesson and drill will be demonstrated that includes many learning styles. Italian rapier in the Venetian style will be the content used, but the pedagogical concepts can be applied to other martial disciplines. Equipment needed: single rapier, gloves, mask, and gorget. Students are encouraged to bring writing utensils if they wish to take notes. An outline of the class content will be provided.


Monday, August 6

Étude 3 for Single Rapier Obliques and Cuts
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on August 5)

Beginning Fabris
Time: 10 - 11 am. Location: Rapier List 3
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.

Destreza: Spanish Fencing Circle Use & Footwork
Time: 10 am - 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 4
This class will drill the footwork used within the Spanish fencing style of La Verdadera Destreza. We will cover the Spanish concepts of distance, the various types of circles used by the historic masters, the use of angles and curves within the circle, and possible ways to integrate these concepts into your fencing practice. Wear comfortable clothes/shoes to move and drill in. No armor or swords required. Material will be appropriate for any level, but most relevant to beginner or intermediate

Zen Warrior Pennsic Ladies' Rapier Championship
Time: 10 am - 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
A great chance to fight ladies from other kingdoms that you don't normally get to fight. Our round-robin format encourages lots of fighting. Then, the top 4 or 8 (depending on number of participants) will compete for the Zen Warrior Championship Prizes in best of three elimination format.

The Tadcaster Militia Gauntlet Arcade Extravaganza
Time: 12 - 2 pm. Location: Rapier List 3
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. You might win a freezy-pop, but you'll definitely enjoy it!

Greybeard Fencing Tourney
Time: 1 - 2 pm. Location: Rapier List 2
Open to all fencers 55 years of age or older. We will run a pooled round robin, number of lists to be determined by the number of fencers.

War Point - Rapier Field Battle
Time: 2:30 - 4 pm. Location: Main Battlefield
(See full details.)


Tuesday, August 7

Étude 3 for Single Rapier Obliques and Cuts
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on August 5)

Known World Rapier Cadet Tourney
Time: 10 am. 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.

War Point - Rapier Woods Battle
Time: 2 pm
(See full details.)

Cut & Thrust Rapier Tourney
Time: 10 am. Location: Rapier List 3
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.


Wednesday, August 8

Étude 3 for Single Rapier Obliques and Cuts
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on August 5)

East Kingdom Rapier Tourney
Time: 10 am- 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Join us for the East Kingdom Pennsic Rapier Tournament! Tournament plan will be a round-robin followed by a double-elimination. Efforts will be made to balance out round-robins. Come show your skill as this tournament returns to the fold. Tournament is open to all qualified fencers from all kingdoms.

Cut-and-Thrust Armor-as-Worn Tournament
Time: 10 am- 12 pm. Location: Rapier List 3
Harnischfecten (fighting in armor) point-based cut-and-thrust tournament where the armor you're wearing matters! Armor is not required to participate, as unarmored fighters have been able to do quite well in past armor-as-worn tournaments. - No restrictions on weapons, armor, or shield size, as long as it is legal for SCA Cut-and-Thrust combat. - Armor will be judged as if the swords were sharp and blows were struck with the full intent of harming an enemy. - In general, steel plates are proof against cuts and thrusts; mail or other flexible armor is proof against most cuts, but participants are encouraged to judge every blow on a case-by-case basis. For further discussion of how armor affects the outcome, please join the "SCA Armor-as-Worn C&T" Facebook group. - Armor must be made of period materials to be considered. Plastic, aluminum, perforated sheet metal, modern butcher mail (or "shark mail"), and modern fencing masks will not count as armor, though may be worn for your safety. - "Hit 'em Harder" is never acceptable! You will be warned only once. This tournament is part of the Cut-and-Thrust Triathlon, though you are not required to participate in any other tournaments.

Æthelmearc Rapier Novice Tournament
Time: 12 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

Known Baronial Rapier Champions Tourney
Time: 12 pm. Location: Green & Red Lists
Open to all Baronial adult and youth rapier champions. A day to celebrate the Baronial Rapier Champions of the Known World. Landed Barons and Baronesses are encouraged to bring their chairs and portable pavilions to help us choose the Pennsic 47 Baronial Champions' champion.

Cut-and-Thrust Longsword Tournament
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 3
This will be a simple Cut-and-Thrust tournament, fought only with longswords. Format TBD, but will be based on the number of participants, with an eye towards getting everybody as many bouts as they'd like. There will be prizes!

Atlantian 5-Man Melee Tournament
Time: 2 pm. 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.

Master 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 9

Étude 3 for Single Rapier Obliques and Cuts
Time: 8 - 9 am. Location: Rapier List 1
(see description on August 5)

By the Book Tournament
Time: 1 - 3 pm. Location: Rapier List 3
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.

Ansteorran Rapier Tourney
Time: 1 pm. Location: Rapier List 1
Please come and enjoy Ansteorra's hospitality and test your skills at rapier combat.

Lady Rapier Community Tourney
Time: 3 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 10

War Point - Combined Armored/Rapier Siege Battle
Time: 10 am (See full details.)



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