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A Tournament is a formal competition between combatants. Originally devised as a [[training method]], it soon became very popular as a sport in the [[Middle Ages]], with professional tourney circuits appearing throughout [[Europe]]. There were many attempts to ban tourneys, most of which failed dismally.  
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=== Historical Tournaments ===
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A '''Tournament''' is a formal competition between combatants. Originally devised as a [[training method]], it soon became very popular as a [[sport]] in the [[Middle Ages]], with professional tourney circuits appearing throughout [[Europe]]. There were many attempts to ban tourneys, most of which failed dismally.
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There were different styles of [[combat]] in tournament. Some were mounted and some were down on foot.
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[[Weapons]] of war came to be altered for the tournament. Typically, [[lance]]s were given [[coronel]]s to help them bite at the same time spread the force over a larger area and [[sword]]s were 'rebated' (deliberately blunted on grindstone). [[Mace]]s could be replaced by wooden [[club]]s. 
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Sometimes these alterations were not made (in particular the lance).
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Tournaments could sometimes be given themes, eg. [[King Arthur]].
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Tournament [[armour]] became to be different from armour meant to be worn to [[war]], particularly in the era of [[plate armour|plate]] [[harness]]. For the joust armour was often made thicker, particularly on the left side, different styles of [[helmet]] might be used including some that were bolted down.
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[[cuir bouilli|Leather armour]] sometimes made an appearance in some tournaments. It would be [[hardened leather|hardened]] and had holes cut in it.  
  
 
=== SCA Tournaments ===
 
=== SCA Tournaments ===
In the [[SCA]], tournaments are run for [[heavy]], [[rapier]] and [[light]] combatants. In Victoria, the best opportunity to see one in action is to pop along to [[Stormhold]]'s [[Monthly Bash]], held on the 1st Sunday of every month from 1pm at John Gardiner Reserve, Auburn Rd, Hawthorn.
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In the [[SCA]], tournaments are run for [[heavy]], [[rapier]] and [[light]] [[fighter|combatants]]. There are many [[tournament style]]s, from the classic "tennis" style single kill, single elimination (where each bout consists of one fight, the loser is eliminated, and the winner advances to the next round), the common [[single kill, double elimination tournament|double elimination]] (fighters are eliminated after sustaining two losses) and [[round robin tournament|round robin]] (where every fighter fights every other fighter). Each round may be fought best of one or three fights (commonly) or more. Longer tournaments, such as a best of fifteen fights are sometimes seen. The running of the tournament is the domain of
 
 
There are many [[tournament style]]s, from the classic "tennis" style single kill, single elimination (where each bout consists of one fight, the loser is eliminated, and the winner advances to the next round), the common double elimination (fighters are eliminated after sustaining two losses) and round robin (where every fighter fights every other fighter). Each round may be fought best of one or three fights (commonly) or more. Longer tournaments, such as a best of fifteen fights are sometimes seen. The running of the tournament is the domain of
 
 
* the [[Lists Officer]], who determines who fights whom and records results,  
 
* the [[Lists Officer]], who determines who fights whom and records results,  
* the [[Marshal]]s who inspect the fighters' armor, ensure adherence to the [[Rules of the list]] and supervise bouts, and  
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* the [[Marshal]]s who inspect the fighters' armour, ensure adherence to the [[Rules of the list]] and supervise bouts, and  
* the [[Herald]]s who announce the [[combatant]]s, introduce them to the populace, MC the salutes and announce the victors.
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* the [[Herald]]s who announce the [[combatant]]s, introduce them to the [[populace]], MC the salutes and announce the victors.
  
Usually the victor of the tournament wins a [[tassels|tassel]] for him/herself, and a [[token]] for his/her [[consort]]. There are often prizes for the Most [[Chivalry|Chivalric]], Best [[Death]] or Most Entertaining fighter as well.  
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Usually the victor of the tournament wins a simple prize, like a [[tassels|tassel]] for him/herself, and a [[token]] for his/her [[consort]]. There are often prizes for the Most [[Chivalry|Chivalric]], Best [[dying|Death]] or Most Entertaining fighter as well.  
  
Tournaments are also a great opportunity to lounge around in [[pavilion]]s or under sunshades, eat, [[drink]], socialise and work on small projects surrounded by other people doing much the same thing.
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Tournaments are also a great opportunity to lounge around in [[pavilion]]s or under [[sunshade]]s, eat, [[drink]], socialise and work on small projects surrounded by other people doing much the same thing.
  
 
=== External Link ===
 
=== External Link ===
* http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tournament
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* [http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tournament Wikipedia entry for Tournament]
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* [http://www.atomicvole.org/docs/tournaments.pdf A Tournament Primer By Lady Catalin Zoldszem, OCK, OPF]
  
 
[[category:events]]
 
[[category:events]]
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[[category:sports]]

Latest revision as of 10:15, 6 December 2011

Historical Tournaments

A Tournament is a formal competition between combatants. Originally devised as a training method, it soon became very popular as a sport in the Middle Ages, with professional tourney circuits appearing throughout Europe. There were many attempts to ban tourneys, most of which failed dismally.

There were different styles of combat in tournament. Some were mounted and some were down on foot.

Weapons of war came to be altered for the tournament. Typically, lances were given coronels to help them bite at the same time spread the force over a larger area and swords were 'rebated' (deliberately blunted on grindstone). Maces could be replaced by wooden clubs.

Sometimes these alterations were not made (in particular the lance).

Tournaments could sometimes be given themes, eg. King Arthur.

Tournament armour became to be different from armour meant to be worn to war, particularly in the era of plate harness. For the joust armour was often made thicker, particularly on the left side, different styles of helmet might be used including some that were bolted down.

Leather armour sometimes made an appearance in some tournaments. It would be hardened and had holes cut in it.

SCA Tournaments

In the SCA, tournaments are run for heavy, rapier and light combatants. There are many tournament styles, from the classic "tennis" style single kill, single elimination (where each bout consists of one fight, the loser is eliminated, and the winner advances to the next round), the common double elimination (fighters are eliminated after sustaining two losses) and round robin (where every fighter fights every other fighter). Each round may be fought best of one or three fights (commonly) or more. Longer tournaments, such as a best of fifteen fights are sometimes seen. The running of the tournament is the domain of

Usually the victor of the tournament wins a simple prize, like a tassel for him/herself, and a token for his/her consort. There are often prizes for the Most Chivalric, Best Death or Most Entertaining fighter as well.

Tournaments are also a great opportunity to lounge around in pavilions or under sunshades, eat, drink, socialise and work on small projects surrounded by other people doing much the same thing.

External Link