Rapier Tournaments
Rapier Tournaments
Rapier Tournaments
SoCal Swordfight

Rapier Tournaments

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Historical European Martial Arts Rapier Tournament and Rapier & Dagger Tournament at SoCal Swordfight

SoCal Swordfight hosts two tiers of Historical European Martial Arts Rapier Tournaments. Our Rapier tournaments are highly competitive and attract fighters from across the country and around the world.

Each is tailored to unique skill and experience levels so please feel  choose the one that is right for you to participate in. You are only allowed to participate in One Rapier Tournament, so please choose the one you feel is most appropriate for where you are in your HEMA journey.

Please be sure to review the information below about our Rapier Tournament tiers, and click the links concerning required equipment, rules, and scoring before completing registration.

Advanced Rapier & Dagger Tournament

Advanced Rapier was added to the SoCal Swordfight tournament schedule in 2018. Robert Childs, of the Black Tigers, captured the Gold in this event for 2022 (as he did in 2020, and 2018). Per HEMAratings.com, Robert Childs is currently ranked number 1 in the world in single rapier and number 7 in the world in rapier and dagger (these ranking do not yet reflect his victory at SoCal Swordfight 2022).

Open Rapier Tournament

Open Rapier at SoCal Swordfight was adjusted in 2022 to be a single rapier only event. Chandler Brown, of En Garde Fencing, captured the Gold in this event for 2022. Chandler has yet to be rated for his prowess with a rapier on HEMAratings.com, however we will be sure to update this page when HEMA Ratings reflect his victory at SoCal Swordfight 2022.

Both Rapier events are BRING YOUR OWN SWORD (& DAGGER) Events.

Based on tournament participation and known performance, you may be asked to participate at a different tier than you registered for, we will notify you if this type of situation occurs.

Rapier Tournament
Open Rapier

Our open rapier tournament is open to competitors of all skill levels and all rapier enthusiast are welcome. This year's open tournament will be rapier only, no optional dagger, no point penalty.

Rapier Tournament
Advanced Rapier & Dagger

Have you medaled in regional and larger tournaments? Do you find yourself routinely finishing in the top 8?

Then you may want to elect to participate in the Advanced Rapier tournament to choose to test your skill against other fighters who are routinely seeing outcomes like you are.

This year's Advanced Rapier Tournament is Rapier & Dagger. Which means it is up to you if you elect to use a dagger in combination with your rapier, there will however be no point differential to either fighter for this selection.

Equipment, Conduct, & Rules

General Tournament Rules

The goal of this rule set is to promote a style of fencing that is skillful, artful and martial. 

These are the rules for all tournaments regarding fighter conduct, safety standards, quality standards, target definitions, and timing.

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More Rapier Rules

Please review these rules to learn about: Match Length, Valid Targets, Scoring, Take-Downs, Double, After-blows, Controlled Thrusts, Ring-Outs, Off-Limit Targets, Outlawed Techniques, and everything you need to know to succeed in these tournaments.

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Approved Equipment

To help keep you and your fellow competitors safe, we have compiled a list of required equipment and the approved vendors who supply it.

Please review this list to ensure that you have the appropriate equipment to participate in your chosen event.

We will have vendors on site, but we cannot guarantee inventory so please bring the right equipment with you.

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Please note, you are only allowed to participate in one of our Rapier Events.

All rapier events are BRING YOUR OWN SWORD (AND DAGGER). Please review the rules and approved equipment list before completing your registration.

Based upon the number of participants, known performance, and skill level, you may be asked to participate at a different level than you registered for, however, we will do our utmost to notify you if this type of situation occurs.