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Jousting Tournament

This unusual jousting tournament takes place in Southern California, not far from San Diego. It includes knights in shining armor with great interviews from their viewpoints as contestants. Costumes, real competition and excitement are all part of the mix. These re-enactors are experts and know what they are doing and come from different parts of the world.
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Jousting -- Die Grossen Ritterspiele zu Schaffhausen 2014 July 16 TVNews

(Downloaded from the SWR Landesschau Baden-Württemberg TV news website.)
News coverage of The Grand Tournament of Schaffhausen, includes interviews with Arne Koets and Petter Ellingsen. To read more about this specific tournament follow this link:


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St. Olav's Tournament 2014 Joust Finale passes

The last 6 passes during the jousting finals of the St. Olavs Tournanament 2014.
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Help Us Make Jousting an Olympic Sport

The modern jouster possesses many of the same skills as Olympic hopefuls, so perhaps it's time that this extraordinary display of speed, power and courage appeared on the greatest sporting stage in the world?

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Full-metal jousting at the Alaska State Fair

Knights don helmets, pick up shields and put armor to the test. Fans are treated to run after run of horse and knight hurtled at one other. The object is to use the lance to land a perfect strike against the opponent’s shield.

Is Full Contact Jousting the Next Extreme Sport? With Shane Adams from the Knights of Valour

Full contact jousting with Shane Adams and the Knights of Valour. This was episode 162 of The Strenuous Life Podcast, free on your iPhone at or on your Android device at

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Jousting competition at Arundel Castle - August 2014

International jousting competition at Arundel Castle in August 2014. The lances used are solid ash, but with a softer balsa section for the last metre. Original jousting lances were made entirely of solid ash wood, or sometimes hollowed. In this competition achieving a broken lance with a strike to different target areas scores different points. You are not allowed to strike the horse of course.

Jousting Arizona Renaissance Fest 2017

Seems jousting is a really popular thing :-)

Finger Jousting video - Squire Richard of Surleigh vs. Sir Myles of Hampshire

The UK's number one Finger Jouster Squire Richard of Surleigh takes on his arch-rival Sir Myles of Hampshire in a point play rules Finger Jousting match.

This match took place in Luton, England on the 25th March 2007.

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World JOUSTING Championship in... Australia?!

The 2019 World Jousting Championship will be held just east of Melbourne this weekend! Here's a sneak peek of the action, including a fully-armoured high-five! ????????

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Church Road Jousting Display March 2014

Some of the action from our jousting display at Shakespeare in the Park at the Church Road Vinery in Napier in support of Child Cancer charity. We are hoping to arrange a regular international jousting tournament in the Hawkes Bay to run on alterative years to our big international tournament at Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt.

Jousting medieval Helmet CAM GoPro

More jousting helm cam footage at Woods Farm. Using GoPro to video jousting between John and Dale.

SCA wood lance jousting at Gulf Wars XXIV, March 2015

Some of the best passes from the wood lance jousting tournament at SCA Gulf Wars XXIV. Taken on March 20, 2015. Several members of the Madrone Equestrian Guild helped with this tournament.

Jousting Sarah Hay and Jeffrey Basham at Festival of the Horse and Drum 2013

Australian jouster Sarah Hay breaks her lance splat against US jouster Jeffrey Basham during The Grand Tournament of St Charles which took place as part of the Festival of the Horse and Drum which took place August 17 & 18, 2013 in St. Charles, Illinois just outside of Chicago.
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Jousting blasts into Agribition

The final day of Canadian Western Agribition held a new, special show this year: full contact jousting. The six knight tournament involved two men atop their horses charging at each other on either side of an fence, holding 11 foot long lances, and colliding. The goal is to strike the opponent with the lance to score points and if possible, to unhorse the opponent.

Saracen Joust (Giostra del Saracino), Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, Europe

The Saracen joust of Arezzo is an ancient game of chivalry. It dates back to the Middle Ages. It was born as an exercise for military training. This tournament was regularly held in Arezzo between the 16th century and the end of the 17th century, when memorable jousts in baroque style were organized. The game went on for the whole Modern Age, having an important social function within the urban community. The joust was indeed a great public event during the visit of important authorities, or it was used to make certain civil feasts more solemn. The joust which became a typical tradition of Arezzo at the beginning of the 17th century declined progressively during the 18th century and eventually disappeared, at least in its noble version. After a brief popular revival between the 18th and 19th century, the joust was interrupted after 1810 to reappear only in 1904 in the wake of the Middle Ages reappraisal operated by Romanticism. Finally, the joust was definitely restored in 1931 as a form of historical re-enactment set in the 14th century, and quickly acquired a competitive character. The Saracen Joust is organized by the Municipality of Arezzo through a special institution whose governing body (the managing council) is chaired by the Mayor of Arezzo, but also includes the presidents (Rettori) of the four competing quarters. The jousting day starts in the morning, when the town's Herald reads the proclamation of the joust challenge, and then continues with a colorful procession of 350 costume characters and 27 horses parading along the streets of Arezzo. The topic moment of the parade is the blessing of the men-at-arms, which takes place on the steps of the Duomo and is given by the Bishop of Arezzo. The knights' tournament is held in the Piazza Grande, guided by the Maestro di Campo and preceded by the costume characters and the town's ancient banners entering the square accompanied by the sound of trumpets and drums. Some important moments can be defined at this stage of the event: the highest authorities of the Joust entering the square (the magistrates, the Jury, the quarters' presidents), the performance of flag-wavers, the jousters galloping into the racing field, each knight representing an ancient noble family of Arezzo, the knights' arrangement on the lizza (jousting track), the Herald reading the Challenge of Buratto (a poetic composition written in octaves in the 17th century), the crossbowmen and the soldiers greeting the crowd shouting Arezzo!, the magistrates' authorization to run the joust and finally the Joust's musicians playing the Saracen Hymn, composed by Giuseppe Pietri (1886–1946). Then, the real competition starts. The jousters of the four gates (the real protagonists of the event) gallop their horses with lance in rest against the Saracen, an armor-plated dummy representing a Saracen holding a cat-o'-nine-tails in his hand (Buratto, King of the Indies). The sequence of charges is drawn on the week preceding the joust during a costume ceremony in Piazza del Comune. It's almost impossible foreseeing what the result of the joust will be: it depends on the ability, the courage and the good-luck of the eight jousters who alternate on the packed-earth sloping track (the lizza) that runs transversally across Piazza Grande. The competition is won by the couple of knights who hit the Saracen’s shield obtaining the higher scores. The quarter associated to the winning knight receives the coveted golden lance. In the event of a draw between two or more quarters after the standard number of charges (two sets of charges for each jouster), the prize is assigned with one or more deciding charges. At the end of the joust, mortar shots hail the winning quarter. The rules of the tournament are contained in technical regulations that repeat – virtually unchanged – the Chapters for the Buratto Joust dating back to 1677. They are easy to understand, and yet worded in such a way as to guarantee a long-lasting suspense. The outcome of the fight between the Christian knights and the Infidel is undecided until the very last moment due to dramatic turns of events. For instance, jousters may be disqualified if they ride accidentally off the jousting track, or their scores may be doubled if their lance breaks after violently hitting the Saracen.

Medieval Jousting & Reenactment

The Order of the Boar is a Wellington (New Zealand) based medieval reenactment group. This video taken from our official Classic Fighters 2007 (airshow) DVD highlights the groups jousting display at the show. See their web site at:




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Jousting - Sherwood Forest Faire 2014 Double Unhorsing Eddie Rigney & James Johnson

On March 29, the first day of the two day competitive jousting tournament hosted by Sherwood Forest Faire, Eddie Rigney and James Johnson unhorse each other during the first pass of the first match of the 2pm joust.

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Jousting for fun!

Keep cool, it is a game, a respectful but committed game!

For the FREE JOUST CUP in a Modern Tahtib Tournament, different pools are organized depending on the number of participants. The winners of each phase go to the final phase.
Each joust starts when the referee signals and lasts 2 mn maximum.
The joust includes 4 phases : the salute, the gauging as a codified phase and the free phase.
For a joust, the winner is the one who has :
1. Grazed the other’s head, without touching,
2. Made 2 consecutive hits at 2 different body spots on the opponent body
3. Touched 3 times the opponent body
4. Made the other’s stick fall
5. Made the other go out of the field.

A direct and frontal attack towards the face is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, i.e. IMMEDIATE EXPULSION.

The other penalties :
At the first penalty the player has a warning at the second he is disqualified :
1. Hitting the opponent hand
2. Sticking without control
3. Exiting the combat circle
4. Throwing the stick on the ground.
5. Verbal or sign contesting the referee or jury members

There is a warning to both players if sterile action happens.

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