Current marshaled activities in Grimfells include heavy weapons, equestrian, and archery. There are currently no Shire members engaged in Cut & Thrust activities.
The thrill of combat lives in the Society!
One of the most well-known and widely-enjoyed activities in the SCA is armored 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.
Archery is often practiced along with other missile weapons in Calontir. Many archers throw axes, knives, and spears in addition to flinging arrows. When the weather warms up in the spring, we have archery/thrown weapons practice every Tuesday evening from 6:00 until it gets dark.
Horses played a major part in the Middle Ages, and that role is not forgotten in the SCA!
In SCA Equestrian Activities we practice the games of skill that squires and other mounted warriors would have learned in the medieval period.
One of these is hitting the quintain, a rotating piece of training equipment that helps the equestrian practice hitting a solid target. The more forceful the strike, the more rotations the quintain makes. But beware – on the other end is a counterweight that will come around and strike you if you are not quick enough!
Cut & Thrust
Rapier combat in the Society attempts to recreate styles of swordfighting from the later part of the Middle Ages, often based on manual and theories of combat that have survived to this day. Rapier combat uses a foundation of style and finesse that has since evolved into the modern sport of fencing. Unlike the modern sport, our combat uses a wide variety of weapons and body protection and our combat takes place with freedom of movement in any direction. Rapier combat can be found in both tournaments of individual and team combatants and in larger melees and wars!