One of the most well-known and widely-enjoyed activities in the SCA is armoured combat. Our warriors participate in tournaments for individuals and teams, tactical melees involving dozens of combatants, and even large-scale wars with thousands of participants! Unlike reenactments of battles from history, our combat activities are unchoreographed and the outcome is entirely based on the skill and training of the combatants involved.
Combat in the Society is based on a system of honour and chivalry. Because the combat is full speed and unchoreographed, the combatants themselves determine if the attacks they receive were successful based on the angle, location, and force of the strike. Safety officers, known as marshals, are always on hand to ensure that the combat is performed safely and to ensure that all equipment used meets established safety standards.
Ben Dunfirth meets for weekly Fight Practice every Monday at 7:00 PM:
Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
10 Market St S, Dundas
ON L9H 5G4
More information can be found on the Upcoming Meetings & Fight Practices Schedule.
Armoured combat in the SCA resembles medieval tournaments. Combatants can face each other in single combat in tournaments or large-scale melee "wars" with dozens or even hundreds of combatants on each side.
SCA Archery is a target-based style of archery that uses period bows such as recurve, longbows, and crossbows. Archers may participate in tournaments to test their expertise and accuracy against other skilled archers.
SCA Rapier Combat recreates the style of pre-17th century rapier sword fighting. SCA Rapier Combat differs from modern fencing in its use of a wide variety of weapons, and even encompasses large-scale melees.
SCA Thrown Weapons is a target-based style of martial art where participants use a variety of throwing knives, axes, and even spears to hit solid wood targets.
Youth Combat allows children aged 6–17 to participate in a kid-friendly version of armoured and rapier combat by using highly-padded foam "boffer" weapons, with a focus on safety, courtesy, honour, and skill.