SCA Fighter Practice at Clark Park

If you like “Capture the Flag”, the game played with foam swords & shields every Saturday, you’ll love SCA!

On Monday, Oct. 14, Clark Park will host an evening of training for mock battles in various styles of fighting that would have been used in the Middle Ages.
This gathering 7-8:30pm of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism ( brings together regional history enthusiasts from the Philadelphia area and members of the public are welcome to watch and get information to join us at future practices.

The SCA is an international not-for-profit organization devoted to bringing the Middle Ages and Renaissance to life through research and reenactment, and employing their knowledge of history to enrich their lives and the lives of others. With over 50,000 participants worldwide, it is one of largest living-history societies in the world.

SCA combat is an attempt to portray armored foot combat. The weapons are rattan, a bamboo-like material that has balance and handling properties like a sword but not the lethal effect. It weighs about the same as a real sword but has spring to absorb blow force. In the Middle Ages, wooden swords were used for training, which helped to prevent injury. SCA members use rattan for the same reason.

SCA fighting is not staged or choreographed. All fights are “live” and the outcome of a list or battle is never predetermined.

Combatants of all types follow a system of rules and extensive training that permit a realistic and energetic sport while maintaining a sterling safety record. Fighters are on their honor to call their blows, meaning they must admit whether the blow received would have wounded or incapacitated them had it been a “real” weapon.

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