"I think that more Knights are made on the school-ground than on the battle field."
                ---Benjamin Disraeli

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The Courtyard / Re: HMB & Buhurt
« Last post by Thorsteinn on 2018-08-08, 01:08:20 »
So one of the top female polearm fighters in at IMCF, Lisa Galli, is a Knight in the SCA. Her brother, Jeff Galli, is tops in polearm in BOTN & IMCF. Several SCA Knights & royal peers are on Team USA. Most if not all of the top ranked bohurt fighters are great martial artists.

The question one should have in regards to your thoughts are; how many upper ranked HEMA fighters have gone into IMCF or BOTN and done well.

On a similar thought; have you seen Calcio Storico Florentino? Can you imagine that most of the top players are also great unarmed fighters?

The Round Table / Re: Can real KNIGHTS exist in the modern day?
« Last post by Thorsteinn on 2018-08-08, 01:02:48 »
Have to watch it later.
The Round Table / Chivalry, sexism & masculinity
« Last post by jason77 on 2018-06-21, 15:33:34 »

In response a recent video concerning "Chivalry is a dumb idea;" (see the link above) the crux of the opinion shared by the woman is becoming a common refrain among liberal feminists - namely that chivalry oppresses women's potential by treating them as though they are special based upon their gender. They have re-branded chivalry as "benevolent sexism" and are now asserting that this is a product of "toxic masculinity." Toxic masculinity is simply a modern term to refer to the perceived negatives of masculinity such as a proclivity towards violence (i.e. boys naturally pick up a stick and pretend it's a sword or gun), unemotional (boys have emotions but their stoic nature which is a biological trait was needed for survival), sexual aggressiveness (men are like their male counterparts of other species - evolved within a competitive context for reproduction), etc. are traits considered the "root of all evil." The idea of "Toxic Masculinity" has given rise to a movement which seeks to feminize men - effeminate men are seen as the ideal since masculine men are the alleged cause of all of the world's problems. Teaching boys of a young age to be effeminate and raising issues such as gender identity being non-biological is not a practical solution to the perceived problem in society rather it creates new and more complex problems rooted in a new form of psychological dysfunction and scientific illiteracy. Contrary to the assertion that Chivalry is part of the problem I would assert that Chivalry is part of the solution.

You cannot suppress the natural and biological nature of an entire gender through indoctrination and you cannot alter the course of human evolution through propaganda. The natural world is a constant play between the polarities of masculinity and femininity - each needs the other in order to harmonize and create what we experience as the whole of existence itself. There are negatives to extreme aberrations of each but the polarity is that which moderates those extremes (it's a self-moderating system). Chivalry is also a tool to temper the extremes of masculinity. It is Chivalry that teaches boys to become "men of worth" (in the words of Sir Geoffri de Charney). Men of worth who respect the implicit Order of existence and actively work to elevate existence by being the best "man" they can be - i.e. respecting others, cultivating self-respect and honor, defending the defenseless, applying violence for justice, and leaving the world a better place for having lived. Young boys should be taught the values of Chivalry and how they can improve themselves and the world around them by being themselves - not by denying themselves and their very own nature. Boys need to learn to harness and properly channel their budding masculinity and embrace their role in life as a man. Shaming boys and men for being masculine and being themselves is a great evil of modern progressive-ism that Men of the Chivalric Code should stand up against by speaking out in favor of Chivalry and correcting the erroneous ideas about it being an archaic system of sexism.

Chivalry teaches boys about their potential - it views masculinity as a positive and provides a road map on how one achieves their greatest potential within their own fundamental nature.
The Armoury / My Armor
« Last post by N3knight on 2018-06-02, 16:59:08 »
Here is my suit of armor. a little bit historical and part fantasy. I love this suit I have made. Feel free to give any feedback!
The Armoury / Re: Teutonic great helm...now with wings?
« Last post by Frater de Beaumanoir on 2018-05-23, 23:27:20 »
This has been a fun challenge putting this new information together. I hope to hear your thoughts on the latest product:

The Courtyard / HMB & Buhurt
« Last post by jason77 on 2018-05-08, 14:05:02 »
The Battle of Nations just took place in London and after watching the melees I am fairly unimpressed by the lack of skillset of many of the Buhurt fighters. That being said, I am not a critic of Buhurt itself as many of my fellow HEMA peers tend to be. I am simply a critic of sloppy footwork and bad technique or lack thereof. My main interest in Buhurt (as a non-participant) is a connection to the tournaments of history. Is Buhurt a modern rendition of a historical sport? I say "sport" because that is exactly what Buhurt is... it doesn't allow for thrusts and half-swording therefore doesn't represent a battle field melee. However, there are some historical sources that lend credence to it being closely akin to the medieval tournament scene. I spoke with Jonathan Burke (HEMA in Taiwan) about the historicity of Buhurt and he gave me a list of some resources that indicate affinity with the modern sport with the historical sport...
1. The Kaiserchronik (twelfth century); specifically uses the term "buhurt".
2. The Eneit by Heinrich von Veldeke (twelfth century); uses the French loan words "tjoste" and "tjostieren" for tourney of this nature.
3. Frauendienst by Ulrich von Liechtenstein (thirteenth century); uses the French loan words "tjoste" and "tjostieren" for tourney of this nature.
4. Matthew Paris (thirteenth century); describes "the martial game called Round Table", which appears to have been single combat with blunt weapons.
5. Sonse de Nansay (thirteenth century; describes tourneys with blunt weapons.
6. Appollonius von Tyrland by Heinrich von Neustadt (thirteenth century); describes foreis and Round Table.

There are undoubtedly more historical references than these but this is a good amount to consider. My main interest in this is due to the arguing within the HEMA community about Buhurt being a legitimate manifestation of a historical practice. I believe it is and I also feel that we should be working together to create a more vibrant modern medieval history resurgence of the arts and the sports of our ancestors.

The main difference I see between HEMA and Buhurt is that HEMA is a martial art - we do have sport tournaments but HEMA stands alone outside of the tournament scene as a systematic martial system; Buhurt is a sport and not a martial art as it cannot exist outside of its tournament scene. Doing Buhurt alone is like playing football by yourself - it cannot be done.

I think Buhurt has its place in modern historical re-enactment and research but I would like to see the combatants develop a meaningful skill set. I'd like to hear everyone elses thought about this.
The Round Table / Re: Can real KNIGHTS exist in the modern day?
« Last post by jason77 on 2018-04-02, 14:41:42 »
This was actually a well thought out presentation and I agree with it. I don't think there is much in here to disagree with. There is more that could have been said though concerning Orders of Knighthood and fraternity as well as modern chivalric orders. All in all a pretty decent video.
The Round Table / Can real KNIGHTS exist in the modern day?
« Last post by Sir Edward on 2018-03-26, 17:28:37 »

Shadiversity has an interesting video that can make for a good topic here. I haven't watched the whole video yet, so you may need to take it with a grain of salt.

Can real KNIGHTS exist in the modern day?

The Courtyard / Re: Fighting in armor
« Last post by Cedric of Havenhall on 2018-02-27, 17:11:24 »
Pell work is important but the best way to feel comfortable and nimble in your armor is to use it as much as possible,  get out and swing steel (or rattan) as often as you can
The Campaign / Re: Pacific Northwest 14th Century Group
« Last post by Cedric of Havenhall on 2018-02-27, 17:08:14 »
There was one fellow that showed up a couple of times at the local SCA Branch (Barony of Dragons Laire) He had a beautiful kit and we fought well together but he got away before I could get mundane info and I haven't seen him since.  I keep hoping he will come back.
We have a great potential venue up here, a place called Camlann Village, just east of Seattle,  a living history village set in England in the 14th Century.  its a pretty incredible place and they are looking for reenactors to put on demos of armor and fighting. 
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