WHAT IS ARMORED COMBAT?
Imagine men and women strapping on 40-90 pounds of armor and fighting each other with steel weapons. In the last few years, a new sport has emerged that puts an entirely new spin on the martial arts world. While the sport may owe a portion of its existence to the natural evolution of historical re-enactment groups, it is a far cry from that original form. This new movement demands a level of fitness and training intensity on par with any other full contact sport. Its participants are expected to face their opponents in a system designed to offer very few restrictions. In fact, it is far easier to list what they can't do.
Are the weapons real?
The weapons are made of steel with a blunted edge for safety. Nonetheless they are real steel weapons that strike with force.
Is there a league for armored combat?
Armored combat typically takes place in the US competing in the ACL and HMB. ACL stands for the armored combat league, which consists of cities facing off in regular chapter matches, as well as larger events at the regional and national level. When competing in the ACL, Memphis fighters fight as the Memphis Kings. HMB stands for historical medieval battle, which more frequently consists of larger events at the regional and national level with several teams competing. When competing in HMB events, Memphis fighters fight as the Memphis Jackals. Memphis fighters are more than welcome to fight in the ACL, HMB, or both if desired.
Where can i purchase armor?
There are many reputable vendors and armorers in both the US and overseas who do excellent work. Feel free to contact us for a list of those we have purchased from. Feel free to come to practice to check out armor in person!
Is it safe?
This sport is as safe as any other physical contact sport. Proper equipment is a must.
Are there different FIGHTING CATEGORies?
One of the biggest draws to this emerging sport is team fighting. These come in a variety of configurations, including 21 vs 21, 16 vs 16, 10 vs 10, 5 vs 5, 3 vs 3, and 1 vs 1 singles. Singles include events such as sword and shield, sword and buckler, longsword, polearm, and pro fights.
How are group fights won?
Simply put, matches end when one team can put the other team to the ground. Matches often end with knockouts, tap-outs and good old fashion beat downs.
Is armor provided for the fighters?
Memphis armored combat does have several extra kits of armor so new fighters can participate while putting together their own suit of armor.
Is this LARP?
The simple answer is NO. While groups such as LARP and SCA build personas, Memphis Armored Fight Club focuses on the sport of full contact steel fighting only. Armored combat is a high intensity martial art that focuses on fitness, teamwork and discipline. Those interested in the Role playing are more than welcome to participate in other groups in addition to our group.
How can I get involved?
Reach out to us through the contact page or on Facebook to attend one of our weekly practices.