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An old-fashioned brawl

November 14, 2016

Kailee Courts

Staff Reporter | kec029@latech.edu

Cameron Surrat, a senior mechanical engineering major, takes a swing at an enemy fighter during the Medieval Combat Club’s foam fighting event. Photo by Brian Blakely

Cameron Surrat, a senior mechanical engineering major, takes a swing at an enemy fighter during the Medieval Combat Club’s foam fighting event. Photo by Brian Blakely

 

Students gathered in Dudley Circle with foam weapons in hand to participate in medieval style combat fighting.

 

The event was held by the Louisiana Tech Medieval Combat Club and was based on the game Dagohir.

 

Mohamed Mohamed is the president of the club and has held combat events since before the club was formed.

 

“I got started my freshmen year with a friend,” he said. “I was a resident assistant and made medieval combat fighting my event for residential life.”

 

Mohamed said the number of students attending the combat events has grown since he started four years ago.

 

“We first started with 50 or 60 people coming,” he said. “Now we have enough people that we were able to become a club.”

 

The Medieval Combat Club became an official organization on Tech’s campus during spring quarter.

 

Aminah Smith, a senior biomedical engineering student, said the combat event has been in the works for a few months.

 

“We have been excited about this event for a long time now,” she said. “A lot of planning and a lot of commitment have gone into making this event happen.”

 

Smith said most of the weapons used at the event were handmade, as well as some of the clothing that was worn.

 

“I’m the seamstress for the club and I made our flag and some of the clothing the guys have on,” she said. “The clothes and the weapons give it the illusion that it is actually medieval combat.”

 

Morgan Kinney, a freshman computer science major, said she enjoys watching the fights.

 

“It is cool because you can see the different styles of fighting people use,” she said. “You can point out who the new people are and who the veterans are just by the way they are fighting.”

 

Kinney said she has seen combat fights like this before, but it is always nice to see different people having fun by fighting.

 

“There are lots of different people who come out to combat events,” she said. “I think it is kind of like a cool escape from reality.”

 

Michael Arnold, the combat club vice president, said practices are held every week.

 

“Practice is open to anyone who wants to come,” he said. “We get together to practice our skills and to learn to fight.”

 

Arnold said they start practice at 12:30 p.m. and end when everyone is ready to stop playing.

 

“The thing about medieval combat is once you start, you can’t stop,” he said. “I started eight years ago and it has been the best thing ever.”

 

Mohamed said the club is open to anyone who wishes to join the fighting.

 

“Once you pick up a sword, you are a fighter,” he said. “We are equal as fighters, and that is the cool thing about the club.”

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