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Solemnitas 2004

Tournament

...and the noble knights got bored with their affair of holding the siege and they decided that a tournament should be held, for honour and for fame of all...

Rules for personal combat

1. Flow of the confrontation
Combat will go on until one of the combatants has gathered five points. In case neither of the combatants is able to gather 5 points within 3-minute period, combat is halted. Extra time will not be granted and it will be the duty of the marshall of the tournament to announce the winner.
For every successfull allowed hit, combatant will be awarded one point. Hits will be counted as successful if they are strong, precise and given with the edge of the blade. Weak, slicing or glancing blows will not be counted. Strikes with the back of the sword will be disregarded as well..
In personal combat one should use shield and sword.
Only combats of equal armament are allowed sword and shield against sword and shield or single sword against single sword. Two-handed grasp of the sword is allowed. Challenger may pick the way of the combat.

2. Ending and halting of the confrontation
Combat ends if one of the combatants has gathered required points or the time (3 minutes) ends.
Combat is halted if one of the combatants:
uses a forbidden technique
loses his weapon
falls to the ground
recieves an injury
asks for ending of the fight
exits the boundaries of the designated area
damages his weapon or armour in a way compromising safety

3. Allowed techniques
In a combat one is allowed to:
hit every body part not listed in paragraph 4.
Hit or push the opponent with one's shield (not the edge of shield), shoulder or chest, but not for longer than one second.

4. Forbidden
During combat it is forbidden to:
strike at opponent's palms, fingers, feet, shins, knees, groin or face
thrust
hit with either crossguard or pommel
punch or kick
strike with the edge of the shield
block opponents strikes with one's hand or to grab opponent's weapon

5. Penalties and disqualification
For forbidden techniques, marshal will issue a warning. A warning may be issued even if combatant only attempts a forbidden techniques. Warnings may also be given for slow or passive fighting. Recieving two warnings during a bout mean automatic loss. Three warnings during the tournament result in disqualification. In case of an injury resulting from a forbidden technique, the offender will be disqualified.
If a combatant looses his weapon or steps outside fighting ground with bothe feet, his opponent will be granted a bonus point.