Our open longsword tournament is open to every fencer over age 18, and those 16 and 17 with parental/guardian permission.
Our ruleset is unique in HEMA: Every fight has three exchanges and no clock, every time you get hit it is one point against you. Fighters are ranked by the number of hits they received – those with the least number of times being hit ranked first, and so on.
Everyone gets to fight in two rounds of pools (in 2020, everyone will fight two rounds of pools within their height bracket).
New for 2020
Open Longsword Height Categories
Historical manuals assume that both fighters are roughly the same size. Yet most of us have experienced tournaments with massive size differential, making application of historical techniques difficult. This year, we decided we’d like to see what happens when fencers only fence those within three inches of their height – if we’re right about our theory, we’ll see more technical and competitive fighting across the board.
The rules can be found here: Flowerpoint 2020 Open Longsword and FMFF Rules
Change: Penalties will be given for any sword hitting the floor during a fight.
Change: Double priorities. If there is a double hit with one fencer hitting the head and the other fencer hitting a lower target (torso, arms, legs, etc), the fencer who sacrificed their head will be penalized.