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San Diego Longsword Equipment Requirements
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All equipment not listed on the recommended gear page must be pre approved by Scott Farrell or Loreen Mattis.
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Longsword 101
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Athletic Clothing
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Cloth mask (COVID) Or Proof of Vaccination
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Join Core Concepts Class
Any Partnered Free Sparring (Thursday nights or Sunday after class)
Participate in Advanced Class
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Gambeson or HEMA jacket
Steel Sword (must be pre-approved)
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FIE Rated Fencing Mask (or HEMA Equivalent)
Rubber Fencing Blunt (if you use a steel sword)
Cloth Mask (COVID)
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Mask overlay (with rigid back of head and throat protection)Mask overlay (with rigid back of head and throat protection)Mask overlay (with rigid back of head and throat protection)
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GorgetFencing Mask
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GlovesFencing MaskGorget
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Groin protectionGorgetGloves
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GlovesElbow pads (may be sewn into coat)
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Groin protection (men & women)Long pads
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Groin protection (men & women)
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Rubber blunt for sword
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Personal Equipment
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Students are responsible for maintaining their own equipment and ensuring it is in safe working condition before each use. Equipment choice is a highly personal decision and the above reflects the minimum equipment recommended. Chivalry Today/San Diego Longsword, coaches, and staff, take every measure to ensure student safety, however, due to the nature of historical fencing as a contact martial art with weapons, Chivalry Today does not and cannot guarantee the safety of it’s students and is not fiscally liable for any accidents regardless of fault or due to equipment failure. All students participate and/or use loaner equipment at their own personal risk.
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Loaner Equipment
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Our of concern for the health and well-being of our members, San Diego Longsword no longer offers loaner equipment, with the exception of synthetic swords. As evidenced by the smell, even after a good dunk in bleach, loaner gear is a haven for bacteria and fungus. This is not a COVID specific issue, though COVID is certainly among the sanitary concerns. All that said, let's share the joy of sword fighting and keep our germs to ourselves!
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Loaner Swords
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Loaner synthetic swords are always available for student use. Loaner steel swords are limited and specifically provided for the purpose of drilling specific techniques with novice students who are not yet cleared for free sparring. After six months of free sparring, students are expected to begin the process of investing in their own steel sword.
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Chivalry Today Armored Combat Requirements
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All equiptment must be inspected and preapproved by Scott Farrell. This is not an list of equiptment needed. This is a list of common requirements we need to address for purposes of safety and historical accuracy. The list is not exhaustive and is subject to change.
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Consideration Description
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MailleMaille is required. All maille must be welded or riveted steel. No butted maille.
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VisorsVisors must protect the eyes of the wearer from the point of an unblunted sword (sword blunts are required to be blunted but blunts can, and often do fall off)
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Historical AccuracyHistorical accuracy is not required to participate in armored classes or free play as long as it meets safety standards. However, it is highly encouraged as you build your kit. If you wish to have the opportunity to participate in Chivalry Today Public Events (e.g. House of England), DeKoven and/or WMA events outside of Chivalry Today it is generally expected that harness will be as historically accurate as possible and range between 1350-1485. You should consult the rules and equipment requirements for any deeds or tournaments outside of Chivalry Today in which you wish to participate.
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Helmet/Helm(Also see visor). The chin or throat must be fully protected. They cannot be exposed between the gorget and bevor/aventail.
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SwordsAll swords must be pre approved by Scott. All swords must be blunted (rebated without a blunt is not generally acceptable)
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WeaponsAll weapons must be pre approved by Scott.
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PlateAll plate armor must be hardened spring steel, mild steel, or stainless steel. Harded spring or mild is required for historical events outside of classes (see historical accuracy). Stainless is not recommended for WMA events ore reenactment, however, depending on the event you may be able to participate, regardless. Chivalry Today will accept stainless so long as it appears to be spring or mild steel. Titanium and aluminum are acceptable in class on a limited basis but are highly discouraged for a multitude of reasons.
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