Beginner’s Combat Course


Cost $20+ weekly Insurance $5 or SCA membership.


The Politarchopolis Beginner’s Combat Course aims to introduce the basic principles and techniques of tournament combat, construction of swords and shields along with some of the etiquette and culture of SCA tournaments.

Two beginner’s courses are held annually, commencing at the start of each semester in February and July. The courses run approximately eight weeks, with classes at Ainslie Scout Hall, corner of Ebden St and Hassall St, Ainslie ACT 2602.

Classes are at 6:30pm on Wednesdays with a repeat class Sunday at 2:30pm.

The Beginner’s Course booklet can be found here.



All the equipment for this course is supplied.

You are advised to wear clothing suitable for a training session that are comfortable and non restrictive.

You are encouraged to obtain your own groin protection.


Lesson Plan

Each session should go for about an hour with students encouraged to do additional practice. Suggested timetable-

Warm up and stretch -10 minutes

Review previous week’s drills and exercises – 15 min

Introduce new lesson – 10 min

Drill new lesson – 20 min

Warm down/stretch – 5 min

It is recommended that you make some time to practice between the formal trainings.

Sessions will be extended towards the end of the course depending on Events, what needs to be covered and numbers of students getting into armour.