Combat styles

BSIS offers the option of two different styles of combat.

  1. “Scholar’s Privilege” training and combat, which is kept deliberately light so as to ensure safety with a minimum of protective gear.
  2. Masked training and combat, which is more competitive and involves greater speed and intensity of sparring, and hence requires more protective gear.

Our classes are based on the lighter Scholar’s Privilege style, and free combat may be done in either style once qualified.  We recommend training in both to get a fully rounded understanding of Iberian fencing.

Our protection/armour requirements are:

  1. Light armour, defined as — long pants or past-knee-length pants with socks or kilt/skirt with heavy stockings, such that the legs are fully covered, long-sleeved shirt, gloves, protective eye-wear (safety glasses). Groin or chest protection as sex-appropriate is recommended.
  2. Sparring armour, defined as — padded jacket, long sleeves (padding recommended) such that the arms are fully covered, long pants or past-knee-length pants with socks or kilt/skirt with heavy stockings such that the legs are fully covered, leather gloves or gloves equally protective, mask, gorget, coif, and groin or chest protection as sex-appropriate. No skin showing.

For more detail on our combat styles and safety requirements, please refer to the BSIS and SHDA Combat Standards documents on our policies page.