Belegarth MCS

So, I've mentioned here and there that I'm involved in Medieval combat re-enactment, and Martial Arts. Usually, I follow this up with a lengthy description, or just kinda leave it there. Now, however, I have material!! First there's a link to a documentary about the U of I group, and I'm heavily featured in the interviews. Also available now is Wreckreation Nation, which featured a sister group to the one I'm in. Great coverage, which gave an overall accurate view of the group they covered. My group is much less role-player, much more fighting-oriented, but really we're pretty close to identical to anyone outside the sport. Fergus is actually a good friend of mine. The groups involved aren't really the heaviest hitters, but they have fun with it. So, here you go! Comment, ask questions, whatevs. It's a favorite topic of mine, obviously.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qx_sFYcBYDM

Also, a link to some of the better video of actual fighting happening at an event. This stuff is the real deal.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0yIfn2qvhY

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MeiLin's picture
Slagar's picture

Devotee

Wow, I usually get much more of a reaction. Although a squeeing Mei does make me very happy. Seriously though, is this really that humdrum for the folks here? I'm usually the biggest geek on the block, but I may be out of my league, here. I'm getting crickets!

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I can't say I've ever done any of the combat stuff with the padded weapons, though I did have a few points where I ended up with some nice bruises from sparring with bamboo lathe practice swords. Any more I'm more in to making and learning to use the real stuff; this winter's projects involve making a couple of throwing knives and some other odds and ends (I was so thrilled when I realized the furnace in my lab gets hot enough to temper high carbon stainless steel). Once it warms up I want to play around with an atlatl and and maybe a staff sling, though I also have to have the time in there for everything from tending my garden to practicing archery (oh yeah, and grad school!). If only there were more hours in the day, or fewer not-fun things that I have to do Blum 3

Goforbroke's picture

Devotee

my cousin is deeply involved in this at BSU it looks like fun but i live in TF and dont want to have to commute for fun and there is not very many people around here that would have fun with that

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

it reminds me a little of LARPing, which I have heard and read about but never been a part of. closest I have come is a few (really great!) games of D&D. did you feel kind of silly at first when you began doing re-enactment stuff? seems like a recreational activity that can't be properly appreciated untill you start getting into it and getting your blood pumping. The foam would make me feel a little sheepish, at least untill I got to zip around and bash people with a mace or what have you. I would almost certainly attend something like this (both for the company and for geek exercizing!) but it's harder to come by in little ruralville. very very much looking forward to seeing things like this at my first Rennaissance fair. eventually.
also, where does the word 'belegarth' come from?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

ixNay on the arpLay! ouYay illway etgay eatenbay up-ay!

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

I was wondering about that.
also, as an afterthought, I didnt really mean to compare them. reenactment and the unmentionable activity are very different. I guess the latter is just a little (a lot?) too cringe-worthy for you guys. and... uh. probably gets brought up a lot by ignorant people. hm.
now I'm gonna go hide somewhere. D:

MeiLin's picture

Most High

at all! But the MMA guys do!

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

I dabbled in SCA during my freshman year of college, including their fighting. And I did tons of online roleplaying (by email & making up our own stories, damnit, not that spoon-fed game company stuff!) during high school. So I have nothing against LARPing... I just think the real deal is better Wink (Ten years since I started studying karate this month!).

BTW, if anyone wants to talk about REAL re-enacting, check out the American Civil War units, and even the American Revolution/French & Indian War re-enactors. Wink

Slagar's picture

Devotee

She was talking about me. I've done Hapkido, Tang Soo Do, MMA, fencing, and a very small bit of wrestling. SCA is a little different, but they're kindred spirits. Our sport is for people who don't want to, or can't, drop $500 on a kit. We just want to hit things.

Belegarth is properly spelled Belegardh, and is Tolkien Elvish. We phoneticized it for the sake of not hearing it mangled. It's not LARP, in the sense that most of us don't role-play (some do, most don't), and it's sure not re-enactment. Mostly it's a modern martial art, akin to Kendo or fencing, but much less regulated. Our ruleset and construction guidelines are very simple, and we aim to get people out fighting with a minimum of nonsense (cough SCA authorizations cough).

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