Tournaments

For 2017, IGX continues its tradition of supporting ongoing HEMA tournament formats while piloting new formats. The Longsword and Mixed Weapons tournaments will continue to adopt the modified Nordic rule set from previous years. For Dagger, we have taken the feedback received from last year’s tournament and have made changes that we hope participants will enjoy. We are also once again hosting a Cutting tournament! As with 2016, we are continuing to encourage the growth of Women’s participation in HEMA and are offering Women’s tournaments in Longsword and Mixed Weapon. The hugely successful Wisdom League is making its return as well, designed to encourage the growth of tournament participation by HEMA practitioners 50+.

What’s new this year, you ask? We are pleased to host our first ever YOUTH LONGSWORD tournament! Details, and more information about our other tournament offerings are provided below, including links to the rules for each tournament:

Dagger: Fighters will participate by weight class, and will fight using a customized IGX dagger ruleset. This is an Open event. Cap of roughly 30 fighters.

Mixed Weapon: Fighters will use the modified nordic rule set for a wide array of single-handed swords (steel preferred, nylon may be allowed if no steel equivalents are available). This is an Open event, but will have a Wisdom and Women’s track if there is enough interest. Cap of roughly 30 fighters.

Longsword: Typically the golden standard of HEMA competition, this event format will feature steel longswords with the modified nordic rule set. To help raise the bar for both competitors AND judges, fighters should expect to be asked to judge at some point. This is an Open event, but will have a Wisdom and Women’s track if there is enough interest. Fighters competing in this event may not compete in the Basic Longsword tournament. Cap of roughly 60 fighters.

Basic Longsword: Because the goal of this tournament is to help expose newer HEMA practitioners to longsword competition, this event is separate from the Open Longsword tournament, but will use the same modified nordic rule set. Fighters will get more feedback from both coaches and officials to help develop competitive HEMA skills. Fighters competing in this event may not compete in the Open Longsword tournament. Cap of roughly 30 fighters.

Youth Longsword: Start ’em young! The goal of this tournament is to help expose our youngest HEMA practitioners to longsword competition. The rules will be the same as the other Longsword tournaments. Fighters will get more feedback from both coaches and officials to help develop competitive HEMA skills.

Cutting Tournament: This skills competition will feature innovations from other cutting tournaments around the country and continue some of the unique elements of the IGX event. Our focus remains on challenging the competitors to demonstrate cutting skills in applications more like cutting in combat, including movement, measure, and reaction based feats. Basic Qualifications will also be included.

NOTES:

  • Please review guidelines on safety and general expectations and the more specific equipment requirements.  
  • Tournaments are BYOS (Bring Your Own Steel)! With the exception of the Dagger tournaments where weapons will be provided, we encourage people to bring their own steel weapons to compete with. Tournament loaners will be provided as needed. See equipment requirements for further details.  
  • Expect tournament caps! Due to the ongoing growth of our event, we expect to cap tournaments this year, see individual events below for specifics.  
  • Expect to have a coach! IGX highly recommends all competitors to have a coach in their corner, to help both with bouting feedback and as a potential go-between with tournament staff. If you need a coach, please speak with one of the IGX staff and we will do what we can to ensure you have one.
  • Expect to judge! Judging in HEMA takes practice, and there is no better learning environment than a live tournament. Learning how to judge not only helps increase the pool of experienced judges in the HEMA community (a constant need), but also helps all fighters gain a better appreciation of what is (and isn’t) reasonable for judges to see in a bout. This year, all clubs participating in tournaments should expect to “donate” a number of their participating fighters as judges; tournament scheduling will be structured so that this will be possible without affecting their tournament participation.