With a broader range of techniques than you’ll find in Olympic-style fencing, our ‘Rapier’ experts wield sword, dagger, cane, and buckler in swift and elegant bouts. Rapier fighters use blunted metal swords, and fight ‘to the touch’, like modern fencing. Safety gear is required (see the Rapier Combat Handbook), but apart from the fencing masks, it is generally more subtle in appearance than heavy armour, and easily disguised as part of a stylish Renaissance outfit. Combatants must be authorised as safe combatants before participating in a tournament, and trained referees (called Marshals) monitor each fight for signs of danger.
Would you like to be a swashbuckler? Contact our acting Rapier Marshal The Honourable Lord Wulfric Greycloak (Ron) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come along to practice to give it a try!
What to bring:
Gloves for holding a sword and glasses to protect your eyes. If you have a fencing mask, bring that too.
What to wear:
Comfy shoes, gloves and eye protection (glasses are fine).