Sport of Kings began as a way to bring our many talented armored combatants together to share their experience and knowledge with others at all levels of accomplishment.
While we sought out popular and noted teachers such as Duke Paul and Duke Thorin we also strove to engage our skilled and successful practitioners who had not yet realized what they had to offer as instructors. In this regard, folks who had not been comfortable teachers began to see that they too could pick up the mantel of instructor.
Sport of Kings has one central theme that guides our format and class selection; the tournament. We see the tournament as a social activity where participants of many walks of life have roles to play, making it more than a sporting competition. We seek out experts who can teach skills used in creating the medieval setting - clothes, banners, structures and furnishings, arms and armor - and expertise in functionary roles - list keeping, marshaling, heralding, hospitality - that make it fun not only for competitors, but also for spectators. We also offer the armored warrior opportunities to learn about more than direct combat - skills, such as, speaking, developing a presence on and off the field, nutrition and concepts for sustaining long term participation.
The first Sport of Kings was a great success, revealing a surprising facet about our warrior culture. One intense, extremely focused event, bringing a large number of folks together to share wide ranging discussion on medieval styles, philosophies, histories and skills generates a large amount of fun, and leaves the attendees with a long lasting energized state of being. Over the ten years since the first Sport of Kings we found the open dialog and direct access to accomplished practitioners in medieval arts, both martial and civil, opens up a sense of approachability. Barriers that can grow between groups and ranks within the kingdom break down, encouraging new teachers and a culture of learning.
The society grew up with a learning culture based on tight personal tutor-student relationships. Skills were transfered by jumping in the deep-end feet first and emulating the other swimmers. I hope we never lose that "do it" approach, but also see where our "game" can reach new heights with a culture where the teachers head to the forum to interact with the students who gather.
If you are new, or not, in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Sport of Kings offers a tremendous and unique exposure to a wide range of talent and views. It may help you determine what level of commitment is necessary to achieve your goals. It may reveal opportunities that you had not previously envisioned. In any case, it will be a great deal of fun!
Jarl Sir Ulfred Draumfjallr
New Sport of Kings Video
Site for Sport of Kings VI, August 18-21, 2011 will be held at Trojan Park in Rainier, Oregon.