Swordsmen compete at Liberty Park

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jul 14, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-15 00:18:19-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The United Clans Swordsman Association held its first sword fighting competition of the year at Liberty Park on Saturday.

"We're having our interstate competition," said Travis Emery. "We have a couple of different divisions within the Clan Swordsman Association. We get together once or twice a year to show off our skills."

The swordsmen call their sport a martial art taken from the Medieval Europe. Long swords, short swords, daggers and hand-to-hand combat techniques are used in the event.

The competition is fought with a judicial dueling point system.

"Judicial dueling is what they did in the Forteenth and Fifteenth Century. When two people had a discrepancy, they would fight in a twenty-five foot ring until one person either surrendered or died," said Emery.

In Saturday's competition, the first to five points wins.

The group holds weekly Saturday afternoon training sessions in Liberty Park.