Medieval Combat Club, a sports club recognized at SIU, is more than LARP – The Daily Egyptian


Members of the SIU’s Medieval Combat Club fight outside the Morris Library on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 (Carson VanBuskirk | @carsonvanbDE)

The Medieval Fighting Club meets on Tuesdays in the field near the Morris Library from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to practice medieval combat.

“What we’re doing is taking those foam guns and simulating medieval combat making sure it’s safe and accessible to people,” said Kayla Chamness, President of the Medieval Combat Club.

The group is a mixture of real combat and combat simulation, Chamness said. Fans of medieval times, science fiction or even the theater may also find interest in this club.

“I think theater kids would really like this because they can create their own character and set. [sic] in this sport, ”said Chamness.

Medieval Fighting Club is an actual sport and is recognized by the university as a registered sports club, according to the university’s sports club page.

“We are making sure to keep this status,” Chamness said. “We take everything seriously in sport, like fighting, like progression [of skill.]”

Sports are also great physical activity, said Logan Plummer, a member of the Medieval Combat Club.

“It was really the catalyst for me to become more sociable and physically fit and a healthy person,” Plummer said. “It introduced me to physical activity in a fun, non-traditional way.”

There is a technique that goes into this sport, said Abby Sell, secretary of the Medieval Combat Club.

“The A-frame that you use in boxing, we also use that for our footwork here,” Sell said.

Sell ​​has been a part of the sport for 12 years and has been a member of the Medieval Combat Club since its inception in 2013.

The injuries at the club are real and have happened before, Chamness said.

“I saw a guy run down a line once and broke his ankle because he loaded it wrong,” Chamness said.

The club offers classes that focus on body mechanics and the correct way to handle the most dangerous weapons, Chamness said. Classes take place during practice on Tuesday and will start in the second hour around 6.30 p.m.

Sell ​​said the best part about it is the sense of community it creates.

“[You meet] a lot of people from different walks of life and everyone can be a part of it in one way or another, ”Sell said.

There’s a place for everyone, whether you want to fight on the pitch or just dress up and have fun, Plummer said.

“If you want to fight, come here and fight,” Plummer said. “If you want to dress up and have fun, you’re on the same ground. Everyone is playing their game, we just have a common set of rules. “

The club is hosting larger field fights and mock bridge battles at an event in January, Chamness said.

“[The fights] to imitate the real terrain in a war, ”said Chamness.

The club are looking for new members and it’s as easy as coming to the pitch, Plummer said.

“It’s a very neutral group,” Plummer said. “Introduce yourself, sign the waiver and you take out what you put in. “

The waiver allows new members to understand the possibility of injuries, including bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains or concussions, Chamness said. Basically all the typical injuries associated with other sports.

Journalist Austin Phelps can be reached at aphelps@ or on Twitter at @ austinphelps96.

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