Armored combat in the SCA resembles medieval foot tournaments. SCA combatants wear real armour and use rattan swords, and SCA heavy combat is a full contact martial art.
Novice fighters are trained by the more experienced fighters, and are taught how to use their weapons, how to defend themselves, and how to judge blows received in combat. Every fighter on the field is on his/her honor to accept a blow sufficient to “wound” or “kill”.
Events are held in which combatants can face each other in single combat tournaments, or there can be melee battles and in the larger arena of the SCA, war battles.
Step by step blow instructions courtesy of Vitaporten, the Nordmark combat order.