Southern Heavy Armoured Weekly Training

Weekly Southern Heavy Armoured TrainingLay On!

Looking for a way to get fit and have some fun? Come out to SCA Heavy Armoured combat training every Wednesday night at 7pm. Our group meets to train and fight in full steel armour, just like the knights of old. It’s a great workout and a lot of fun, plus you’ll get to learn some cool historical martial arts. All are welcome, no experience necessary.

Armoured combat is a uniquely SCAdian sport.  It differs from the combat forms of other living history organisations because the weapons are made of rattan, a type of bamboo.  This allows the combatants to strike with full strength, not being limited by fear of injury from landing a blow on their opponent.  The result is a virtuosic display of combat that a real tourney-going knight of the middle ages would find quite familiar.

Armoured combatants, also called heavy fighters or just fighters, train in and out of armour, and must satisfy their marshals that they are safe, responsible and competent before they can be authorised to fight in tournaments and wars.  The most important tournaments in the SCA are the Crown Tourneys, held twice a year in branches all over the Kingdom to find the next King and Queen.


Medieval combat with swords, shields and armour is great fun, but like any sport, there are rules and regulations to ensure the safety of the players and spectators.

The Rules of the Lists set out the Society’s standards on weapons and armour, and how hard the fighters are allowed to hit each other. The SCA has a good safety record and we consider our sport safer than playing rugby; however, as with any sport, there is an inherent risk involved. We try to make participants aware of the dangers, and insist on responsible behaviour.

Fighters are responsible for obtaining their own armour and weapons. Some people make most of their armour, using metal, leather, or plastic, but most buy pieces, either new or used. Sub-standard equipment is not allowed, so before making any armour, or weapons you will need to refer to the The Armoured Combat Handbook

Where: CrossFit 42 South Gym, 2/4b Patrick St, Hobart TAS 

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When: Wednesday nights from 7pm

Note that training is occasionally cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens we will announce it in the Baronial Facebook group and in the Heavy combat channel in the Baronial Discord server


Who can join in?

Everyone, young and old, big or small, can join in as long as you are able swing a weapon and are above the age restrictions below.


No restrictions

Minors (under 18yrs):

Minors without a parent present need to get a form signed by a parent, and bring the signed form and temporary guardian with them. The form can be found here.

  • 16-17 May train with combat weapons. May authorise to be able to fight at events, like tournaments, with restrictions.
  • 14-15 Not allowed to touch the combat weapons, may train with foam weapons.


What to bring if you are new?

You only require a groin guard and to wear appropriate clothing. (Trackies and sportswear recommend)

We have gear to lend if you are new.




  • Adult Member: $3
  • Child Member: $3


  • Adult Non-Member: $13 (includes $10 non-member insurance fee)
  • Child Non-Member: $8 (includes $5 non-member insurance fee)

Includes an amount required by our insurance. You can avoid this by becoming a member: New Membership Application.


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Street parking only. Walk up the alley, highlighted by the red box in the picture below

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