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Subject: History is not the domain of the effete! Full contact jousting rss

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Adam Siler
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/magazine/11Jousting-t.html

Jousting as an 'extreme' sport. What's cool is that they are wanting it to be something the crowd will take seriously. What's the point in reenacting something that was already a simulation?

On a wargame note, the Gustavus game from the musket and pike series simulates the effect of a lance the best.
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Getting knocked off a galloping horse,in a full set of plate armour by a bloke with a big spear FOR FUN!!...an extreme sport for extreme idiots I'd say!!
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A friend of mine does this. In his first joust he dislocated his shoulder.
 
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
Getting knocked off a galloping horse,in a full set of plate armour by a bloke with a big spear FOR FUN!!...an extreme sport for extreme idiots I'd say!!


I know right? What kind of a fool follows his passion
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Yes,Adam,I suppose you're right...who am I,a born non-risk taker (dare I say coward) to criticise...I'm probably being a bit hard on them...the jousting guys certainly look very happy in their photo so more power to them...
 
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We all have something beyond rational that drives us. If not, life would be pretty boring.
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I remember seeing guys like these a good ten years ago on the Renn Faire circuit. I think they were out of California. When I was Chairman and CEO of the Oklahoma Scottish Festival, I talked to their manager about the possibility of having them come and joust at our event -- he said they would pitch it as a battle between a son of the Douglas and a son of the Campbell over a woman. (Or maybe it was two Douglas boys fighting over their inheritance. I can't remember now.)

Unfortunately, they wanted more money to perform than we had to spare. It was too bad, because I think it would have been a great attraction.
 
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Hi Adam,

I think it's simply for the History, the pleasure of relive it even in its most brutal moments, although the most spectacular!

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Damjon wrote:
A friend of mine does this. In his first joust he dislocated his shoulder.


His pre-round was inhibited by a dislocated brain...

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I'm still waiting for gladiator combat to make a comeback.
 
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delp1871 wrote:
I'm still waiting for gladiator combat to make a comeback.


Actually, it has!!! There are now gladiator competitions taking place in Italy. Obviously, the competitors aren't allowed to kill each other, but (apparently) they're using the very same type of armour (or lack thereof) as the ancients did, as well as the very same (albeit"blunted") sort of weapons.
 
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I saw - at the North Carolina Renfaire this spring - a group that does medieval battles. Armour and steel weapons... not padded wood or rubber like the SCA and LARP people use. They have a full training system, and you have to be 'approved' to participate in combat with real weapons...
There are some standards for armour and they do try to 'pull their punches' a little.

But it was pretty wild, and a little scarey too. One fellow sort of 'walked into' a sword thrust. He took the point to the chest - wearing leather over mail - and you could see that it did some damage. The sword didn't penetrate the armour, but it was like getting shot while wearing kevlar armour - no penetration but one heck of a bruise.

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delp1871 wrote:
I'm still waiting for gladiator combat to make a comeback.


It never went away, at least the spirit of it. It's why mma came along after the death of pro boxing, and boxing being around forever before that.
 
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