Please find below my letter to the January Tidings.
Senor Mateo de Merida
KRM for Ealdormere
Scholar of the EAoD
> Greetings to all Rapier Combatants,
> I hope each of you have had a wonderful holiday
> and are full of good cheer. With much merry making
> and good natured frivolity.
> Now sharpen your swords and ready your gauntlets!
> Silk Slippers and Crossed Swords will soon be upon
> and I would encourage everyone to attend what has
> one of the grandest Rapier Events these past two
> years. At this event, we will also be holding a
> Kingdom Rapier Moot following feast. I encourage
> everyone to attend and provide their input.
> I plan to discuss the following topics, as they have
> been the ones of great interest within the Kingdom:
> 1) Engaging a sitting combatant -- should we
> the convention of 180 or 120 degree engagment
> limitation in our Kingdom Rules?
> 2) Legged Combatants -- should we allow legged
> combatants to kneel or sit. Present rules limit the
> legged combatant to sit and not rise up.
> 3) Clarification of Groin puncture resistant armour
> does the groin include the inside thigh, or just the
> genital area? Should we tighten up the wording for
> our Kingdom Rules or are we happy with the existing
> 4) Tip Cuts: Note #1 in our current rules states:
> "1. The Corporation allows Kingdoms to determine
> validity of tip cuts. In Ealdormere, tip cuts are
> accepted at the discretion of the combatant
> the blow." I propose that this note be directly
> referenced in section 4.0 "Acknowledgement of Blows"
> as Notes #2 and #3 have be directly referenced for
> clarity, or be removed to return to Society
> 5) MiT and CiT training process, specifically does
> the RMiC have to directly supervise and sign the
> RMiT/RCiT's form? I have currently ruled in favour
> adhering to Ealdormere's Armoured Combatant Handbook
> as there is nothing specifically addressing this
> in the Society Rapier Rules or Ealdormere's Rapier
> Combat Rules/Handbook. Ealdormere's Armoured
> Combatant Handbook requires the Marshal in Charge
> observe and sign-off on the progress of Marshals in
> Training at Events.
> 6) Results of the experiment regarding Darkwood's
> SCA-tailored blunts held within Ealdormere, and
> discussion on the feedback from other Kingdoms.
> these blunts meet Society minimums, Ealdormere's
> current rules state:
> "Tips will have a blunt striking surface,
> a cross-section of at least 3/8 inch (9mm) diameter,
> and must contain a rigid metal barrier between the
> blade and the tip to prevent wear-through"
> NOTE: Any changes to Kingdom Rapier rules and/or
> procedures require approval from the Rapier
> Kingdom Rapier Marshal, Kingdom Earl Marshal &
> Rapier Marshal, and Privy Council in that order.
> In Service,
> Senor Mateo de Merida
> Kingdom Rapier Marshal for Ealdormere
> Scholar of the EAoD
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