The Shire of Darach
The Ventura County California Chapter of the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism

Fighter Practices
Armoured Combat and Rapier Fence

Armoured Combat

Starting at noon.

Armoured Combat (aka Heavy Weapons) is an unchoreographed martial art, recreating swordplay of the middle ages, using rattan swords, shields, and a variety of other secondary weapons. Armoured Combat practices are held out at Rancho Conejo Playfields, 950 Ventu Park Road Thousand Oaks, almost every Sunday afternoon, from 11:00 a.m. until about 4:00 pm. Please contact the Armoured Combat host to confirm practices. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in Armoured Combat.
Parking is limited and you should enter at the second entrance, turn left, unload, and park.

Fighters: please check your authorization status at the Caid Marshallette database

Rapier

Starting at noon

Rapier is medieval Fencing in the round, using foil, rapier, musketeer, or schlager (no saber). Currently rapier practices are almost every Sunday, at Via Marina Park in Oxnard. When the weather turns sour, there are sometimes indoor fencing practices. Please contact the fencing host to confirm practices. You must be at least 14 years old to participate in Rapier.

Almost every Sunday afternoon, from 12:00 (noon) until about 4:00 pm, the Rapier and Armoured Combat fighters meet for practice at Via Marina Park, in Oxnard.

Fighters: please check your authorization status at the Caid Marshallette database

Location and Participation Information

There are some shade trees at the park, and it's fine to set out blankets, chairs, tables, whatever your heart desires to make your time in the park more enjoyable. Fighters and their families sometimes bring small children with them to practice, and there is a small playground on site. Periodically we have costumed fighter practice. You should bring your own water and/or snacks, although sometimes people bring extra water and cups to share. Observers (non-fighters) are always welcome, but will be asked to keep a safe distance from the fighting.

Directions & Map

Fighter Practices in Oxnard-Most Sunday Afternoons

Map to Fighter Practice Take your favorite route to Ventura Rd. or Victoria Ave., travel south (away from the 101 freeway). From Victoria, turn left on Wooley Rd., and right on Kelp. From Ventura Rd., turn right on Wooley Rd., and left on Kelp. The park spans the block between Offshore and Kelp on Keel Way.

Equestrian

Equestrian

What is it? Equestrian encompasses a variety of both armored and unarmored mounted activities including speed-based tournaments, jousting, mounted archery, crest combat, parades, de-spooking, driving, and pato. Riders regularly use swords, spears, lances, maces, and javelins while taking an interest in both riding and the historical presentation of their steeds.

All breeds of horses are welcome. Horse ownership is strongly encouraged but not required. Horseless ground crew and event production volunteer opportunities are available.

Equestrian practices are held on Sundays in Somis. Additional joust training clinics and events are held across Southern California and Nevada. Please contact the equestrian autocrat to confirm practices. Some age restrictions apply. Equestrian: Dona Arabella da Siena, zia2005@me.com