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In the SCA you have the opportunity to try on or focus on a variety of different activities such as martial arts (archery, heavy fighting, rapier, equestrian) arts & science and social gathering. Each activity has various types of tournaments and competitions. In addition, there are strict safety standards and rules. All of the activities are supervised by "marshals", who enforce the rules and maintain the safety standards. As in any other sport, participants are trained to ensure everyone’s safety. Minors may take part in Youth Combat, Target Archery, and Equestrian activities.

The Canton of Brockore Abbey provides you with the opportunity for archery and heavy fighter practice as well as workshops for art & sciences related projects. Newcomers are welcome and we always have some loaner gear to get your started. To participate in any of the martial arts you should wear comfortable clothings and shoes.

Here is a brief overwiew of the different activties possible in the SCA. (Brockore Abbey does not at this time offers all activities)

Armored Combat involves wearing metal or leather armor, using shield, rattan swords and other weapons such as axes and polearms. Novice fighters are trained by the more experienced fighters and they thought how to use their weapons, how to defent themselves, and how to judge blows received in combat. Armored Combat includes heavey fighting, rapier and combat archery. Brockore Abbey currently holds heavy fighter practice only but we hope to extent into other armored combat in the future. If you like more information on armored combat please check out the SCA Newcomer Resource (half way down the page). If you like to know about our local heavy fighter practice please check out the events page or contact the Knight Marshal.
Heavy Fighting
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Target Archery, as the name implies, involves shooting arrows at stationary and moving target. We hold archery practice every weekend of the month and always welcome newcomers; we usually have loaner bows and arrows too. Please check out our event page for date, time and location of archery practices or contact the Knight Marshal for more information. The bow revolutionized fighting throughout the Middle Ages, from the Genoese Crossbow to the English Longbow and the Mongol Recurve archery is a significant part of medieval history. Come join us as we learn and develop the skill of archery and the history behind it. Bow types allowed are crossbows, traditional longbows and recurves and of course, period handbows. For additional rules regarding what types of bows and crossbows are allowed refer to the links below or contact your local archery marshal.

In addition, there are also Thrown Weapons and Atlatl activities (an Atlatl is a primitive device used to throw a fletched spear) as well a Combat Archery. (getting to shoot blunt arrows at live armored targets)
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Arts & Science are the crafts, skills, and technologies from the time period and cultures that the SCA covers. Participants research, study, and practice these skills and then share their results with others. You will see them in use and on display at our events - the recipes used for a feast, the armor worn in combat, the scrolls presented in Court, and the costumes (garb) we wear, just to name a few. We provide monthly Art & Science workshops that covere a variety of different projects; new ideas for time period related projects are always welcome. If you like more information on upcoming projects please contact the Minister of Art & Science and check out the events page for location and time.
Arts & Science
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Mounted Equestrian activities are a Marshal discipline in the SCA and involve learning and perfecting the horsemanship skills for hunting and war that any upper-class citizen would have known, even jousting. The safety of the animals and participants is of primary concern, so great care is taken in training of those interested in these activities.
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