The Armoured Combat League (ACL) will host a regional practice in Easley, SC on August 25 at 3p.m. Fighting in medieval armour, these men and women do not pull punches as they fight to take down their opponents much like in a medieval war scenario. Participants fight with metal weapons and are also allowed to kick, grapple and punch in order to take their opponent down.
Warriors are getting ready for the national try-outs in October and January to see if they are worthy of being on TeamUSA for the international Battle of the Nations. In May 2013, twenty-four nations met on a field in France to see which country had the best medieval fighters. Forty-eight American men from all over the United State made the team and in just their second year of competing, the USA Knights walked away with 4th place! This year, women are being allowed to fight as well.
“ACL is the ultimate competition. Few rules other than to get your opponent off his feet and onto the ground. Think of it as Medieval Mixed Martial Arts.” said Trey Sutter, who competed in France and is looking forward to re-earning his spot in 2014. Sutter participated on the 21 man team for TeamUSA. There is a 21 man team, three 5 man teams and three singles competitor slots to be filled by up to 50 fighters for the international tournament. The United States team will fill all 50 slots during National try-outs. For now, local groups are practicing in anticipation of meeting each other in Illinois in October and showing how fierce they are on the competition field.
For more information about the practice on Sunday August 25 or to find out about competing in the ACL, you can contact Trey Sutter at email@example.com.