Information for warriors (Western Style)

In recent years there’s been a large influx of new fighters to Trelleborg, along with the inclusion of different fighting styles. Trelleborg is the first time we meet after a long winter, and experience has shown an increase in injuries during the training. To reduce these, we ask all warriors to meet the following requirements:

Warriors taking part in both the western training during the week and the battles should be trained in western style, and train this style actively throughout the year. It is not enough to train other styles, and then switch over to western shortly before Trelleborg. Ulfhednir reserves the right to test all warriors at the market who want to fight.

To get an overview of how many fighters are present.  We ask all battle groups to report to the Ulfhednir on arrival, there you will be informed further of the week’s  program, rules and times for trainings and battles .
   

When the audience is present, (10:00-17:00) all warriors are to wear Viking gear. This also applies to training.

Armor for daytime western training is optional.

Western style was created so that warriors would need no other protection than combat gloves, therefore in the evening training sessions heavy armor will not be allowed. (Contact the evening trainers if exceptions are required).

The western rules being used for day / evening trainings and battles are last year's Trelleborg / Moesgård rules. See below.

The Fighting Rules

Safety always comes first!

The target areas for all weapons, not including spears; are the Torso and the upper legs. From the t-shirt line around your neck down to (but not including) the knees. Shoulders are target area, but not the upper arms. All metal contact within the target area is to be considered a kill, no matter how superficial. Target area for spears is the torso only. From the t-shirt line around your neck down to and including the crotch. Shoulders are included, but not upper arms. Only thrusts are considered kills with a spear. Cuts or slaps do not count as a kill with a spear.

When carrying a passive shield, the fighter must also carry a one handed weapon. A passive shield is worn either on the hip or on the back of the fighter. The fighter must be able to, effectively, switch to the secondary weapon.

Authenticity

All weapons and clothes should be authentic for the period and area.

Weapons allowed:

    Scrammasaex
    Spears: 1-handed: maximum length 1,8 meters. 2-handed: maximum length 2,5 meters.
    Sword: Must be carried in a scabbard.
    Hand-axe
    Daneaxe: Maximum length: 2 meters.
    Round shield, with boss. Shields must be edged with leather, rawhide or linen, no metal edges are allowed.
    No metal ends allowed on any polearm.

Armour allowed:

     Chainmail
    Lamellar
    Gambeson
    Helmets, metal or leather, should be either Gjermendbu- or Spangen-type.
    No chainmail-coifs, vendel or early saxon helmets (with earflaps, cheek protection or face covers) are allowed.

 Non-authentic protection equipment:

    Gloves have to be worn. These should be padded and made to appear authentic.
    Armguards are highly recommended. These should be made to appear authentic or worn underneath the clothes.
    All weapons should have a 2 mm rounded edge.
    All points or edges should be rounded.
    It is your responsibility that your weapon does not have any grates or sharp points or edges. (Use a file.)

Clothes:

Should be made out of wool, leather or linen and dyed to look plant dyed. Silk should only be used for decorations or hats. Shoes should be made of leather. Rubber soles and studs are permitted. Disguised modern shoes are not allowed. Your clothes and weapons should be harmonic and consistent, if you have a fancy sword and chainmail, then your clothes should be fancy too. Vikings wore their best clothes for battle, and so should we.

We will check your clothes and weapons at muster, if we find weapons or equipment to be dangerous or in-authentic they will not be allowed on the battlefield.

It is every participants responsibility to make certain that their equipment is authenticand safe!

Our system is fundamentally based on mutual trust and a large sense of fair-play, as it should be. All of the above should really be self explanatory and while we are aware that it will affect some more than others, we believe that we are taking steps in the right direction. We all look forward to a great summer with tons of fighting and friends from near and far.

Muster for all 4 battles is 30 minutes before the battle. Each fighter must be ready in full gear at this time. No later, but no sooner either. Each fighter is responsible for being there in time to begin the battle. Commanders are not allowed to enforce an earlier muster. We do not want fighters waiting for 1-1½ hour before entering the battlefield.

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