Duels at High Noon

A Tucson HEMA Event

Duels at High Noon is an ambitious 4 tournaments over the two days in Tucson, Arizona. The event will take place over the weekend of November 11-12 and will be held at the Tucson Convention Center.

On Saturday, we will be running our Open Longsword and Open Sword and Buckler pools, with the Dussack and Smallsword tournaments being run Sunday morning. In the classroom hall next door, we will be running classes, coached sparring, and have space for freeplay available throughout the day. There will also be a covered outdoor space, which will be open for adhoc classes and more freeplay. After lunch on Sunday, we will be running a Longsword Martial Challenge (inspired by the challenge run by John Patterson and the Phoenix Society for Historical Swordsmanship) followed by the eliminations and finals for all our tournament events.

Our current anticipated schedule is below:

Saturday
  Room 1   Room 2 Courtyard  
9:00:00 AM LS Class Free Play SB Class Public Demo  
10:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn LS Tourn ?? Class ?? Class
11:00:00 AM LS Tourn LS Tourn LS Tourn Free Play Free Play
12:00:00 PM SB Tourn SB Tourn LS Tourn Free Play Free Play
1:00:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
2:00:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
3:00:00 PM SB Tourn SB Tourn SB Tourn ?? Class ?? Class
4:00:00 PM SB Tourn SB Tourn Free Play Free Play Free Play
5:00:00 PM LS Tourn LS Tourn Duss Class Free Play Free Play
6:00:00 PM LS Tourn LS Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
Sunday
  Room 1   Room 2 Courtyard  
9:00:00 AM Duss Tourn Duss Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
10:00:00 AM Duss Tourn Duss Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
11:00:00 AM Free Play Free Play SS Class ?? Class ?? Class
12:00:00 PM SS Tourn SS Tourn ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
1:00:00 PM LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH LUNCH
2:00:00 PM Martial Challenge   ?? Class ?? Class ?? Class
3:00:00 PM LS Elims SB Elims Free Play Free Play Free Play
4:00:00 PM Duss Elims SS Elims Free Play Free Play Free Play
5:00:00 PM Finals   Free Play Free Play Free Play
6:00:00 PM     Free Play Free Play Free Play

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.
The round robin pools may, if attendance necessitates it, be divided into two pools, each with an equal number of competitors advancing to the elimination bracket.

During the round robin pool, matches will be fought to 20 seconds or to a competitor's loss of three exchanges, with time held during judging calls. Judges will call 'Halt' or 'Point' to hold time, and the Ring Official will ask the judges to identify the result of an exchange. An exchange will only be awarded to a competitor for a clean hit or grapple, any afterblow or doubles will not award either competitor the exchange. Doubles will be recorded for each competitor, and will be recorded as a loss of a given exchange for each competitor. If at any point competitors enter a grapple, they will be given a clear and loud 5 count. If no clear advantage can be established (per the judges discresion) in that time, time will be held and competitors will be asked to reset. A grapple can be won without a a throw, a disarm, *safe* joint lock, or clearly advantageous arrangement can all be considered successful for the purpose of awarding the exchange to a competitor.

Prohibited targets for hits are the back of the head, along the spine, and groin. Any conduct deemed by a judge to be intentionally dangerous, either through presenting prohibited targets or through uncontrolled attempts to strike an opponent, may be grounds for a response, between a warning, removal from the individual tournament, or removal from the event as a whole.


Instructors:

James Harvey Grant: Henry Angelo's Smallsword
Alex Munroe: Introduction to Joachim Meyer's Dussack
Richard Marsden: TBA

And more to come!


Registration:
Registering for the event gets you access to anything and everything available over the weekend, with the exception of the Longsword Martial Challenge. Currently, we are working on a logo and shirts for attendees, and those will (sadly) not be included in the registration cost. As we get closer to the event being announced, other items like the Martial Challenge or an event luncheon or dinner will be disclosed in more detail.


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