There will be no access to the hall or training scheduled for the next two Sundays due to the impending Rowany Festival. Normal training and activities will resume in April.
A call to arms! The Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism is inviting Canberrans to pick up a sword, fight like a knight and learn the arts of medieval warfare over an 9 week “Foundations of Armoured Combat” course commencing on 13th of March.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organisation devoted to bringing the Middle Ages and Renaissance to life through research and re-enactment, employing their knowledge of history to enrich their lives and the lives of others. With over 100,000 participants worldwide, the SCA is one of largest living history societies in the world.
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of armoured combat in the SCA and starts with an introductory session on the 13th March 2015, with practical classes from 2nd of April and following Sundays in Ainslie at the Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden and Hassall Streets.
“Last year we had a strong turnout of people looking to become modern day Crusaders, Vikings, Spartans or Knights” Ben Norman (aka Lord Otto Sexburger), course instructor said. “However I’m sure we can find a few more in Canberra, I’m sure the Baron is looking forward to having more men and women to fight on our side in the kingdom’s next war”
SCA fighting is not the impractical and highly stylised fight choreography seen in Hollywood blockbusters but a martial art that is designed to emulate armoured combat in a way that allows you to deliver full powered blows without hurting your opponent.
Male and female fighters (aged 16+) dress in armour, which ranges from full plate steel to padded doublets and leather, to protect them while wielding swords, spears, and axes made of rattan to simulate the balance and handling of original weapons, without the lethal qualities. Mr Norman is quite proud that “…by the end of the course each student has made their own sword and shield to use, a set of loaner armour to fight in and we’re helping them to either buy or make their own set of medieval armour”.
“Anyone can pick up a sword and have a go but the SCA offers you the opportunity to not just like fight like a knight but to aim to be one,” Brigid Costello (Baroness Anne de Tournai), Canberra President, said. “You get the fighting but so much more – it’s a gateway to a worldwide society of tournaments, wars, feasts and balls. Your whole family can be involved.”
WHEN: Introductory Session 13th March 2016 at 1.00pm
Practical training commences 3 April 2016 (classes run for an hour, followed by supervised free sparring)
WHERE: Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie, ACT
COST: $20 for the entire course plus $7 per session for insurance purposes (Membership options available)
CONTACT: Benjamin Norman (Instructor) firstname.lastname@example.org
Occasionally, you open your emails and there is a message that reminds you exactly why we participate in community events (apart from the fact we’re proud to be part of the Canberra community).
Could you please convey the following message to the good gentles who organised and attended today?
“Thank you for organising the medieval festival. I loved watching the knights fight. I loved all the people in beautiful clothes. Everybody was really friendly and knew a lot about history.
I liked the juggling too. I liked having a picture taken.
Thank you so much for all the hard work making it!”
Sebastian (5 years) (& Laura)”
the next date for Ultimate Fighter (Glaive round) is the 22nd of March 2015. There was some confusion regarding the date. Their Majesties are likely to be in attendance so please join us to celebrate skill at arms and grace on the field.
Last Sunday saw the Barony’s Foundations of Combat Intake 1 class and Beginner’s Rapier class kick off for 2015.
It was wonderful to see both classes so well attended. We hope all participants have a brilliant time building their skills. Next Sunday sees an Ultimate Fighter Tournament prior to class so feel free to come along early and watch the Barony’s more experienced fighters and fencers take the tournament field! Opens at 10.
Hi everyone, Due to a very slow response from ACT parks and a slightly stressed out and overwhelmed steward we can no longer hold the event at Nara Park. The new location is the scout hall in Ainslie, our usual training park
NEW LOCATION: Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden St and Hassall St, Ainslie ACT 2602.
NEW TIME: 12PM TO 4PM
Please spread the message FAR AND WIDE!!!
Dance will not go ahead tomorrow evening. Normal schedule will resume from next week.
On the 28th of February, Politarchopolis hosts the Valentine’s Day Regatta & Games Day. Normally held as close to the 14th as possible, this year we’re going for double the love!
You are invited to recognise those who are deserving of admiration (a messenger service will run throughout the day), picnic on the food provided by House Rookwood and try your skill & luck at games!
Boats are under construction (Henley on Todd style) and Their Excellencie, Joan and Crispin look forward to seeing the members of their populace triumph in feats of skill and courtesy!
Costs and booking details can be found here.
It’s time to pick up your sword and fight like a knight as you learn the arts of medieval warfare in this full speed, full contact pursuit! On 1 March 2015 at the Ainslie Scout Hall (cnr of Ebden & Hassall Streets, Ainslie) we, the Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), will be starting our 8 week Foundations of Combat course.
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of armoured combat in the SCA.
Any child can tell you of the famous Knights of the Round Table, and most will learn of the exploits of King Richard and the great crusaders. However, the formal training that led to the glory of these armoured heroes remains largely ignored in the modern day.
Our latest course starts on 1 March 2015 and details can be found here.