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Duels at High Noon

Tucson Historic Fencing Club

A Tucson HEMA Event

Duels at High Noon is 4 tournaments over the two days in Tucson, Arizona. The event will take place over the weekend of Sept 22-23 and will be held at the Catalina High School Gymnasium.

On Saturday, we will be running our Longsword and Cane pools, with the Messer and Single Rapier tournaments being run Sunday morning. After lunch on Sunday, we will be running an Open Weapon Martial Challenge (inspired by the challenge run by John Patterson and the Phoenix Society for Historical Swordsmanship), and a secret Invitational event; followed by the eliminations and finals for all our tournament events.

Our current anticipated schedule is below:

  Ring 1 Ring 2; Ring 3
9:00:00 AM LS Class Freeplay Cane Class
10:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn Free Play
11:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn LS Tourn (Overflow)
12:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn LS Tourn (Overflow)
3:00:00 PM LS Tourn (Overflow) LS Tourn (Overflow) Freeplay
4:00:00 PM Cane Tourn Cane Tourn Cane Tourn
5:00:00 PM Cane Tourn Cane Tourn Cane Tourn
6:00:00 PM Cane Tourn Cane Tourn Freeplay
  Ring 1 Ring 2; Ring 3
9:00:00 AM Messer Tourn Messer Tourn Messer Tourn
10:00:00 AM Messer Tourn Messer Tourn Messer Tourn
11:00:00 AM S. Rapier Tourn S. Rapier Tourn S. Rapier Tourn
12:00:00 PM S. Rapier Tourn S. Rapier Tourn S. Rapier Tourn
2:00:00 PM Martial Challenge Invitational Free Play
3:00:00 PM Elims   Free Play
4:00:00 PM     Free Play
5:00:00 PM Finals   Free Play
6:00:00 PM     Free Play

DaHN 2018 rules

Conduct and Targeting

Longsword & Messer

- Throwing your opponent to the ground is forbidden.
- Leg at or below the knee is not a valid target in any tournament event.
- Any definitive action decided by the Judge may award the exchange to the competitor; this includes blows to any valid target, or actions such as a successful grapple or disarm, in which case the point is awarded for the successful control of the opponent.
- Afterblows, doubles, or exchanges where the Judge feels the fencing included behavior where both fencers were at fault or unsafe may be recorded as "unclean".
- If no conclusion as to the outcome of the exchange can be determined by the Judge, the exchange can be thrown out at their decision
- Any level of contact deemed malicious by a judge or Judge is grounds for immediate dismissal from the event.
- Intentional abandonment of the ring, forcing your opponent out of the ring or any other action deemed to be intended to halt the clock will result in a warning at the discretion of the Judge, and may result in the loss of a match or removal from the tournament event if repeated warnings are given.

Rapier (inc. rules as listed above)

- Throwing your opponent to the ground is forbidden.
- Grappling actions in Single Rapier must be strictly controlled; competitors are not permitted to wrench or attempt to disarm their opponent by seizing their blade or hilt.
- If a competitor is able to gain control of their opponents weapon without compromising their own weapon, this shall be deemed sufficient to award points
- If both weapons are gripped and controlled in parity (Fencer A has his off hand on the weapon of Fencer B, but Fencer B has their off hand on the weapon of Fencer A) halt shall be called and competitors shall reset
- Disarms achieved by bladework are permitted, and shall award points accordingly

Cane (inc. rules as listed in Longsword and Messer)

- Throwing your opponent to the ground is forbidden.
- Valid targets are limited
- Both ends of the cane are valid for striking blows and thrusts.
- Blows must be thrown with sufficient rotation (~45° minimum)
- Thrusts may be placed, but should be controlled.
- Limbs and head are valid for blows, but only if struck with the last 3" of the cane (which are to be marked clearly with tape).
- Blows to the body do not count, but thrusts do.

- For any weapon, the staff has full authority to deny a competitors to request for use if the staff member deems the weapon to be potentially unsafe for any parties involved.
If you are unsure about your weapon being permitted, please contact us at for clarification and details.
- Equipment must be in good condition, and must comply with HEMAA Safety standards and policies. Metal gauntlets are not permitted for any competitors, and all equipment will be checked by a Judge prior to the start of a tournament.
- Masks must be free of obvious dents or damage and must be well fit (not demonstrably loose) and have a back of the head protector securely attached.
- Jacket must be free of significant damage or wear, and should be worn with gorget and hard elbow protection either over or underneath.
- Men are required to wear a groin cup, women are encouraged to wear a hard plastron underneath a jacket.
- Knee protection must be secure on the legs, and shin coverage is recommended.
- Gloves must be free of obvious damage that could risk the safety of a competitor, and must be vetted as appropriate for the weapon being used.
- Light padded gloves (Lacrosse, Hockey, etc.) are not appropriate for the Longsword or Messer tournament events, but may be used in the Single Rapier or Cane tournament events.
- An unpadded glove is acceptable for the Single Rapier tournament.

Staff may, at any time, ask to reevaluate gear and make a determination about whether the competitor is permitted to continue with the equipment or if the competitor needs to find a replacement piece of equipment.

- Each ring will be run by a Judge, who will be accompanied by a Judge’s Assistant. Judges should try to orient themselves to garner the best view of the fighting, while maintaining a safe position, and considering the view of their judging team, and either judge may call halt if a definitive exchange result is achieved
- The Judge has primary responsibility and weight in making judging calls, the Assistant can recommend a call or provide input for the official, but cannot overrule the Judge.
- The Judge may request input or clarification from their assistant, but does not require it to make a call to the table
- Judges will not establish a “count” for grappling, but may halt the grapple if it they deem continuing the grapple may put either competitor at risk.
- Competitors may cede a grapple at any time, awarding a point to their opponent
- Competitors can attempt to decline points or award points to their opponent, but the Judge can overrule either of those decisions as they see fit.

- Match will go to 20sec or first to win three points, with time stopped for judging calls
"Organizer's Note: This places a cap on the amount of points you can earn from a given fighter. Last year our attempts to emphasize assertive fencing presented rules that meant a competitor could score several points on rookie or newer fencers by aggressively attacking without regard for defense, this new ceiling is intended to dissuade similar behavior this year. "
Pool matches will not proceed to sudden death, a result of a draw or double loss is possible
- A match with no “unclean” results will have the points awarded, meaning a competitor may be awarded up to 6 points for a 3pt. win with no “unclean” exchanges recorded.
- A double loss will be the determined result if the only results at match time are "unclean"
- A match with no “unclean” results, and no points awarded, will be recorded as a draw

- Each tournament will be run in two parts, a round robin pool followed by an elimination bracket. The elimination bracket will be sized proportionally to the pool, with a minimum assumed bracket of 8, which may expand to a bracket of 16 if tournament participation exceeds 30 individuals.
- Advancing to the elimination bracket will be determined by weighted evaluation of the following metrics, listed in order of priority:
- Number of matches won without conceding any exchanges (No exchanges lost or called unclean)
- Ratio of matches won/lost
- Number of points won

- Elimination matches will go for 90sec or to 7 points won, with time stopped for judging calls
- Elimination matches will proceed to sudden death in the event of a tie or double loss, “unclean” exchanges will confer a cumulative -0.5 point penalty to the fencer who advances to the next round.
- If a fencer accumulates a negative penalty score adjustment equivalent to a conclusive point total (7 or more points, or at least 14 penalties throughout the eliminations), they are forced to cede the match by default.
- If both fencers who have advanced have a negative penalty score adjustment, they must fence to a positive value of 7 points
- If both fencers advance with a negative penalty score adjustment equivalent to a conclusive point total (7 or more points, as stated above) the match is recorded as a double loss



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The Tucson Historic Fencing Club is excited to announce our Martial Challenge. This event is a special tournament to take place on Sunday Sept. 23rd, and will be a single elimination Open Weapon tournament, fought to first blow.

Martial challenge matches will begin with each competitor selecting three weapons they are both willing to fence with and able to provide. If there is only one common weapon between competitors, that is the weapon that will be used. If there are multiple weapons overlapping, competitors may arrange between themselves the selection criteria. All fencers must wear protective equipment appropriate for the more stringent safety requirements of the selected weapons.

There are 8 spaces available for the Martial Challenge, so sign up soon!

Martial Challenge Registration

Entry into the Martial Challenge will be separate from the event registration, and will be $75. No discounts will be offered on the entry fee for this event. The full cost of admission to this event will be donated to Make Way for Books, a local charity dedicated to empowering communities to help promote and encourage literacy for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Please join us in helping Make Way for Books and ensuring future potential scholars can study the same arts we are researching today. HEMA is for everyone, and this is my way of trying to keep this door open for more and more people in the future, so HEMA can continue to develop and grow.

Duels at High Noon Event Registration:

Your entry fee will cover entry into any and all of the parts of the event (except for the charity tournament), no separate tournament fees involved.
As we get closer to the event, event staff will reach out regarding which tournaments you are interested in competing in and pools will be generated.

Registration is closed for 2018!

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