"It's like a brand new style of martial arts. It really is fun. It's great," said Kelly Jenkins of the Shire of Blackmoor Keep (Kingdom of Gleann Abhann) to Brandon Richards of KPLC Channel 7 (Lake Charles, Louisiana). Richards interviewed various shire members at a demo at a downtown park.
On Saturday, the local group was practicing armored combat. During combat, the combatants wear real armor and they use rattan swords, which resembles bamboo and is springy. New fighters are trained by more experienced fighters. When training is complete, fighters can compete in special events or tournaments, which are held throughout the U.S. and in other countries.