SoCal Swordfight

Longsword Tournaments

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Historical European Martial Arts Longsword Tournaments at SoCal Swordfight

Longsword Tournaments have traditionally been the premiere events in Historical European Martial Arts. At SoCal Swordfight each of our longsword tournaments are tailored to unique skill and experience levels, so you can feel confidant to choose the one that is right for you to participate in.

Keep in mind, with the exception of Women's Longsword, you are only allowed to participate in One Longsword 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 Longsword Tournament tiers, and click the links concerning required equipment, rules, and scoring before completing registration.

All steel events are BRING YOUR OWN SWORD.

Black Fencer Synthetic Longswords will be provided by our sponsor SoCal Swords.

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.

Choose Your Longsword Tournament


This tournament is geared toward beginners and those who have been fencing for less then a year. This may be your first tournament, it may not.

If you have participated in a synthetic tournament before, and made it out of pools, you may want to consider fighting in the Open Steel.

Open Steel

This is by far the single largest tournament at SoCal Swordfight. The Jason Taylor Memorial Open Steel Longsword Tournament is open to competitors of all skill levels utilizing an approved steel longsword.

If the description for synthetic or advanced fits your experience better, we do recommend registering for the appropriate one.

Advanced Steel

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 Steel Longsword tournament to choose to test your skill against other fighters who are routinely seeing outcomes like you are.

Open Steel Longsword
Women's Tournament

For the past several years, SoCal Swordfight has hosted one of the largest women's tournaments in the United States. We would love for you to come and take part in what is a highly competitive, and exceptionally skilled event.

Also, as a participant in Women's Steel, you are also able to register for 1 additional longsword event.

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 Rules for Longsword

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 Longsword Event, with the exception of Women's Longsword.

All steel events are BRING YOUR OWN SWORD. 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.