Academy of Swordsmanship Safety ruleThis is Academy of Swordsmanship Safety rule.
- Minimum Safety Equipment
- Head: Fighters are required to wear at least a fencing mask. It is recommended that the back of the head be covered, but it is not required. Steel helmets are also acceptable, provided they have no projections that are dangerous to people or equipment (e.g. horns), as decided by the Marshal.
- Neck: Fighters must protect their neck with a gorget of at least 3mm of hardened leather.
- Hands: Protective gloves with padding at least equivalent to that of street hockey gloves is required at minimum.
- Groin: Men are required to wear groin protection such as an athletic cup or codpiece. Note:
The above stated is the minimum required. Fighters are encouraged to exceed that minimum. Safety gear may be declared unsafe at the marshal’s discretion.
- Sparring Weapons
- Both Type G swords and RSW broadswords, longswords, and daggers are acceptable for sparring in the basic rules.
- Other weapons may be authorized at the Marshal’s discretion. They may not be used without his permission.
- Sparring Rules: Basic System
- Points: Head and body shots are worth 2 points. Arm and leg shots are worth 1 point. The fight is finished when one fighter has accumulated 2 points in injuries.
- Shoulders and hips shall be considered to be body shots for 2 handed weapons, but only arm and leg shots for 1 handed weapons.
- All fighters are considered to be "unarmoured" for purposes of calibrating blows.
- Once one fighter is struck, he may still make one final strike back at this attacker. He may not chase the attacker to make this strike. If the strike succeeds, the "dying" fighter will score the appropriate points. If the points are sufficient, the match is considered to be a double kill. If the "dying" fighter cannot make the second attack within 5 seconds (due to grappling, for example) he loses his final attack.
- Two handed swords may not be wielded with one hand.
- A fighter may grasp his opponent’s sword by any part. However, if he grasps the blade, he will take damage if the opponent twists or pulls the blade through his hands.
- Fighters may not wrestle or grasp the other fighter (see advanced rules though).
- Fighters may not throw the sword.
- If one fighter feels that he has struck his opponent and the opponent disagrees, the matter will be settled by the attending Marshals. The Marshal’s decision in final.