AAF uses a safe yet active fighting style, which is both effective and looks good, drawing on both medieval manuscripts and personal experience.
Our fighting style is partway between a martial art, a physical hobby and a sport. While not as formal and structured as a martial art, it is less competitive than a sport. Safety is our primary concern. New combatants are taught to be safe first, and then progress to more advanced weapons, such as spears and two handed axes. We also wear amour to make fighting safer. It looks cool and is fun to make. If you are just starting, or just want to have a look, we can lend you all the equipment you need. Then, at workshops and craft nights, we can teach you how to make your own.
Fighting is open to anyone over 16 years of age, and under 16s must have parental supervision.
Rules of Combat - required reading for all combatants.
Where and when?
We train twice a week, on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
Saturday afternoon training starts at 2pm (3pm during daylight saving) on the Western Foreshore of Lake Ginninderra:
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Tuesday evening training starts at 5:30pm at the ANU:
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- AAF Training Handbook RC1 (print)
- AAF Training Handbook RC1 (read)
- Swords and Dagger For Sale
- Swords, daggers, axes, spears...
- Michaels notes on combat rules version 1
- Michaels notes on combat rules version 1.
- Proposed New Combat Rules (DRAFT)
- Proposal by Andrew Gould for a new set of combat rules.
- Display Fighting
- Tips and techniques on making a display fight interesting and exciting
- Analysis of fighting style
- A more detailed look at the fighting style of the Ancient Arts Fellowship. For the technically minded.
- Order of Battle
- In which I discuss some of the fighting conventions that the Fellowship has adopted over time.