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Open Spear Tournament!


Come just to watch or to play! The Schola Saint George will host a lanza tournament at the Impact Life Center, starting at 1:30pm on 23, February, 2014. We in the SSG look forward to crossing spears with our friends old and new. This tournament is open to combatants with any form of martial arts experience who agrees to its stipulation and who fights with us at least once before the tournament (Feb. 2, 9 or 16). 

Combatants with their own spears fight for just $5. If you need to borrow one, the fee is $20 (get thyself a spear!).

Passes will include single combat encounters spear v. spear, mis-matched random weapons, and between-round bouts of teams.

This tournament is OPEN. For SSG combatants, pricing is $5 if you have your own spear, $20 if you need to borrow one (get thyself a spear!). 

For non-SSG combatants, those intending to compete must practice with us at least once before-hand. Come to one of our practices on Sunday 2 February, 9th, or 16th of February to secure your qualification. Non-SSG member fee is $25. 

FIRST PASS: First Blood (Any strike ends the bout)

SECOND PASS: Timed bouts - 60 seconds random opponent

THIRD PASS: Discomfiting blows no effect (Head, neck, body kills only)

FOURTH PASS: Armour Counts! Strikes only to non-armoured places count.

INTERMEZZO: Random teams lanza bout to 3 good hits.

FIFTH PASS: Dissimilar weapons - random draw v. spear. If we have many guests, we may simply use a random draw lanza v. lanza enounter (for safety reasons). 

SIXTH PASS: Timed pass - 60 second bouts challenge opponent\


1. Best Overall
2. Best Application of Fiore
3. Best Chivalric Comportment 

Head - Fencing mask minimum. Escrima-style or medieval helmets that do not permit the spear tip from penetrating the face are acceptable. 

Neck - Must be defended by the helmet, by a quilted coif, or by a gorget. 

Body - Hvy gi or gambeson/zuparello. Chest protection recommended for women. T-shirts or skin not allowed. 

Hands - Gauntlets recommended; minimum padded gloves for spear fights, Lacrosse or similar for mis-matched weapons apart from daga (single-sword or sword in two hands).

Groin -  Athletic cup or gender-appropriate equivalent. (no, we're not going to check, but...)

Legs - NO SHORTS. 

Only soft-soled shoes, medieval style clothing and shoes recommended but not required. 

LANZE - We are using the Revival tips on spear shafts of hardwood or rattan, ranging from 7/8" diameter - 1 1/8" diameter. NO SOFTWOODS. Bo staves are generally workable and are available at the Kailua martial arts supply house. Brian has spear tips here on the island for $30. 

LANZE rules - Only thrusting attacks are allowed. Slashing with the spear at any target other than the opponent's spear shaft is expressly forbidden (on account of the low armour requirement). Strikes must be controlled. No throws or locks, but simple hands-on are allowed. Grasping the opponent's spear shaft is allowed, but not the head. Tripping with the shaft is forbidden. 

Combatants who strike their opponent with the shaft forfeit that fight immediately.

CHIVALRIC FIGHTING: All fighting is to be conducted in the spirit of good-natured, hard fighting with our fellow enthusiasts.  A combatant's responsibility and respect for his/her opponent must be the highest concern and all combatants are expected to keep their opponent's safety above their own desire to win at all times. Any action which, in the eyes of the tournament sponsors (the SSG officers), violates the chivalric rule may result in loss of the fight or expulsion from the tournament. Poor conduct will not be tolerated. Any safety infraction, such as striking with the shaft, not accompanied by appropriate respect for the opponent will result in immediate expulsion.  


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  • Jesse M.

    Can't wait for the next one!

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Sam F.

    Outstanding time had by all. Great competitive fighting from everyone.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pace will be there

    1 · February 19, 2014

  • Katherine P.


    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Brian R. P.

    I've also ordered silk for pennants :-) You can dye it to any color you like, and use either fabric paints or stamps to make a distinctive pennant.

    1 · January 27, 2014

  • Jesse M.

    I'll purchase two spear heads from you.

    1 · January 27, 2014

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