Fighters embrace diversity and inclusion as four women compete for the crown at the Canadian Nightfall Championships in Calgary.
Armored Combat Sports is a new sport in which competitors wear armor and fight in an enclosed arena like medieval knights using swords, axes, maces and polearms. It is played all over the world, with competitions also held in the United States and Europe.
According to Armored Combat Entertainment, about 80 players from around the world have registered for this year’s championship in Canada.
“I first learned about this sport on YouTube. A friend of mine is a martial artist here and three years ago he introduced me to this sport and I started playing with him to introduce him to other martial artists. I went to the gym,” said Nightfall Championship contender de Levesconte.
“I really liked it. It’s a very cool sport, but I was very nervous because it looked like a man’s thing. But fighters, all over the world there are female fighters doing the same said.”
Levesconto said his inclusive community and love of the sport motivated him to keep fighting.
“Pure thrill is my driving force,” she told Global News. “This sport is different from other sports…It’s really cool because you get to meet a lot of people who are into medieval fair culture. I really like the concept of fighting in armor. I have.”
Leves-Conte said he hopes to gain more experience in the sport through the championship.
“I want to gain more fighting experience, improve my technique and build a bigger women’s team, which is ultimately my main goal,” she said.
Julie Lindquist, another competitor in the Nightfall Championships, told Global News that most people think the sport is too intimidating for women. However, in recent years, it has become a popular sport among women.
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“I have been competing for about a year…a friend introduced me to the sport,” she said. “No. It’s thrilling and a little scary at first. I just enjoy it. I enjoy winning, fighting, community and everything else.”
Ms Lindquist said she wants to show people that women can compete in the sport, but also show off her skills at the gym.
“I want more women to come here and have fun, try it out, and participate in tournaments,” she said.
Richard Manns, president of Armored Combat Entertainment, said it was important to involve women in the sport.
“I think it’s very important to be on par and show that you can do it. They can do it, as you can see from our game,” Manns said.
“Definitely a lot more aggressive…but as long as you find a local team, you will find what you are good at. find a place.”
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