FAQ: We have tried to answer the most common questions for you!
Q: How many countries are represented, and which ones are here?
A: We have 25 member countries or nations, and they include Austria, Québec, Belgium, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Ukraine, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, China, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Canada, Finland and Wales.
Q: Are there injuries?
A: Yes, but really no more than any other contact sport, such as Rugby, or American Football. The authenticity of the armor guarantees it functions as the originals did, which is to say the armor is very protective.
Q: Do the opponents get angry at each other?
A: In general, no. Our combatants hold themselves to the highest knightly standards, and treat their opponents with respect, and many are friends off the field. They fight their hardest, then help each other up, and congratulate the winner.
Q: The weapons are blunt. What’s up with that?
A: A lead pipe is blunt as well, but I don’t want to get hit with one! The weapons are all designed to follow historical guidelines, but are dulled, and rounded for safety.
Q: Is the armor real? How much does it weigh?
A: All of the armor you see in the IMCF competition is as accurate as we can make it, with some allowances for safety. It is all metal, with no plastic or composite materials allowed. An average suit of armor will weigh between 20kg to 35kg.
Q: Is it hot in the armor?
A: Yes. Even though we use natural linen or wool in our arming clothes, it gets warm. After a day of fighting, you would be ill advised to stand downwind of a group of knight.
Q: How do you see out of that helmet?
A: Your vision, as well as hearing, is greatly compromised by your helmet. Training, awareness of your surroundings, and experience help the better fighters keep track of the action. One of the best ways to learn about this is to try on a helmet. Most of our competitors will be happy to let you do so!
Q: Who makes the armor and weapons?
A: There are many talented armorers and weaponsmiths worldwide. Many countries have team members that also make armor.
Q: What kind of people participate in this?
A: All sorts of people, but mostly those who have a love of history and competition. Our youngest competitors are in their early 20’s and we have fighters as old as in their mid 50’s!
Q: How do you travel with all of the armor and weapons?
A: Most airlines are very accommodating, but it is challenging to meet weight requirements. A few competitors have even worn their armor on the plane!
Q: How can I get involved?
A: You can go to our website at the Members section in this website for all the information about fighter organizations in your area.