Unbelted fighter

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In the SCA an Unbelted Fighter is one who has not yet received the accolade of admission into the order of the Chivalry. That is to say, a non-Knight/Master of Arms.

As members of the Chivalry display a high degree of prowess they tend to dominate the championships of various tournaments; tournaments organized specifically for "unbelts" allow less-accomplished fighters a chance to compete and display their own level of prowess.

The Pennsic Wars have long had an "Unbelted Champions" tournament which contributes war points to the outcome of each year's victory.

The term "unbelted" contrasts with with the use of the word "belted" to refer to Knights, and there are specifically "Belted" tournaments: that is, open only to the Chivalry.