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22nd of September

Welcome to Stramash!

Saorsa's own Tournament and Workshop Event!

The Wee Stramash

Our Tournament is reserved for those who have started their broadsword training in or since 2021 and who haven't won any medals in any tournaments yet! We want to make sure as many people as possible can compete so this tournament will be with our foam swords.

Please note, to take part in the tournament, you must be 18+ and have your own personal insurance.

Both Tournaments will be held on the 22nd of September.

Kit Requirement


Minimum 350n fencing mask in good condition

Martial arts box for men and those with external genitalia


Recommended equipment;

Chest protector
Throat protector

Mask overlay

Forearm protectors

Joint protection

Any other protective equipment can be worn at a fighter or judges discretion

The Big Stramash

The Big Stramash is for those who have full protective gear and are ready to compete with some high level fencers!

We would appreciate volunteers to help judge both tournaments.

Please note, to take part in the tournament, you must be 18+ and have your own personal insurance.

Kit Requirement

Minimum 350N fencing mask in good condition

Minimum 350N jacket
Minimum 350N fencing trousers

Martial arts box for men and those with external genitalia

Chest protector
Throat protector

Mask overlay

Forearm & elbow protectors

Shin & knee guards

This tournament will be run on a "Bring your own Sword" basis.


Gloves must be appropriate for weapon used.

Those with a baskethilt will be permitted to use light gloves. Those using a sabre will need heavy gloves for hand protection, stirrup hilts will require full longsword gloves.

Any other protective equipment can be worn at a fighter or judges discretion

Both curved and straight swords will be accepted.


Swords with complex hilts must be under 1.3kg in weight and blades should be minimum 30" maximum 34" in length. Swords with simple hilts must be between 790g and 1kg in weight.

Tournament Rules

Fights will be 2 Minute rounds

Whole body is a target, clean hits anywhere will be worth 1 point.

Doubles or afterblows mean fighters will both be awarded 0 points.

Bouts will end when one fighter scores 5 points or when the timer runs out.

Afterblows will only be counted if performed as one arm and one leg movement made simultaneously and completed in time with the lunge/step.

For an afterblow to count it must not take more than one beat of movement or fencing time.

If the afterblow is out of time it will not count and the first hit will be awarded the point.


Technical points will be awarded for demonstration of the techniques taught in four of the classes in the Workshops. There will be two technical prizes awarded per tournament. There will be maximum two points awarded per technique in each fight.

Tournament Safety

Cuts to the back of the head and groin are not allowed and will receive a warning.


Grapples will be allowed in the form of controlling a sword or sword arm however full body grapples and takedowns will not be allowed. A deliberate takedown and excessive grappling will receive a warning.

Fencers can be warned for excessive force.

If it looks like a fighter is consistently abandoning all attempts at defence to double out and keep the scores the same a warning can be issued.

Fencers can be warned for swords hitting the floor because of lack of control.


Continued warnings and the fencer can be disqualified.

All warnings are delivered at judges discretion and will take into account the level of the tournament.

If the fencer causes injury to anyone to the point they cannot continue, they will also be disqualified. Considerations may me made due to injuries caused by obvious kit failure but is at judge and recipient discretion.

Warnings will take on an accumulated "strike" policy throughout the tournament. After three warnings, the fencer will lose a point. After five, the fencer will be disqualified.

Tournament Prizes

To help you attend future tournaments, our winners will all receive medals and prizes that will help kit them out in style! In addition to our podium winners, there will also be two technical prizes up for grabs.

These Technical Prizes are named after the Instructor that will run the class.

Our Tournament is sponsored with prizes by;

Armour Class

Premier sword makers based in Glasgow


Flett Forge

A small artisanal bladesmithing company

The Knight Shop

The Largest Historical & Medieval Shop in the UK

Shoukat MfgCo

A new manufacturer of HEMA gear and fencing equipment

Black Fencer

 Black Fencer emerged to fill gaps in the specialized equipment necessary to practice this beautiful martial art in an optimal way.


Find out more about our sponsors and the prizes they've kindly donated on our Sponsors page! For more information on classes, visit our Workshop page. To see the outline of the day, you can see our Timetable here.

To buy your ticket head to the bottom of our main Stramash page!

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