The clash of steel blades lives on in the SCA!
SCA Rapier Combat is our attempt to recreate the style of unarmored combat that took place from the medieval period to 1600 A.D. Participants engage in this sport for fun and fitness! Many also study the extant manuals and theories of combat from that time period, in order to more accurately recreate the style of pre-17th century swordfighting.
This type of swordfighting has evolved into the modern sport of fencing, but unlike the modern sport, our participants use a wide variety of weapons – considerably heavier than modern fencing swords – and they have freedom of movement in any direction. Combatants take part one-on-one bouts as well as participating in melees that can have up to hundreds of fencers per side.
You can see pictures and details about rapier combat at
the SCA Newcomers’ Portal
Deputy Marshal for Rapier Combat
David Whitford (Master Robert MacPharland)
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The new Fencing Marshals’ Handbook was approved by the Board of Directors on 4 April, 2020, and replaces the previous Rapier Combat Handbook.