The following changes to the IMoC are proposed in order to allow combat to more closely fall in line with our over-riding Mission Statement. It is important for the Empire to open up certain standards so that territories/guilds are able to more closely recreate historical combat systems. It should be noted that Kingdoms and Territories can impose their own limitations.
The starred items were approved by the majority of the KCs of Galandor at Banner War 2008. Unfortunately, this conversation could not happen with Vega before these items must be published, though I will be having a meeting with the KC's of Vega at Ren Fair 2008 before the actual meeting of the IE.
*1) section I.E.iv.b
Remove the wordage that deals with what to do when a blow is made to the arms and legs. This should be defined in the rules of the tournament or melee.
Now: "When an arm is wounded, it's recommended that you place the arm behind your back... When a leg is wounded, go down to your knees."
After: "When a target location is hit, the format of the tournament/melee will dictate how the blow is taken."
Reason: This will allow for combat that doesn't require combatants to go down on their knees or place arms behind backs, such as 'pointed' tourneys. It will also leave it up to the tourney/melee to describe what a 'killing' blow is (ie: poisoned blade, first blood tourneys).
*2) section I.E.iv.b
Expand the wounding blow target location in shinai combat to the hands.
*3) section I.E.iv.b
Expand the wounding blow target location in rapier combat to the hands.
*4) section I.E.iv.b
Expand the wounding blow target location in shinai combat to the knees and below.
*5) section I.E.iv.b
Expand the wounding blow target location in rapier combat to the knees and below.
Remove 'Madu' from the list of Rapier Weapons.
Reason: Madu does not appear in the list of shinai weapons, and should not appear in Rapier Weapons because the madu is an Indian weapon not covered by the Mission Statement and was not used in the time of the Rapier.
*7) new V.D.
Add new section V.D. which prohibits the use of two swords in steel combat.
Reasoning: There is no documentation that shows the use of two swords in armored combat.
8) new III.D.
Add section III.D which prohibits the use of two swords in unarmored combat.
Reasoning: If shinai is training for steel, or simulates a combat form prior to 'Rapier' combat, the use of this combination of weapons should not be allowed.
9) new VII.A.ii.6.
Add a new section to the alternate shinai weapons which includes construction of a shinai dagger.
Reason: to allow combatants who prefer fighting with two weapons an historical option
i. Four single shinai slats up to 18" in length
ii. Using the original leather for the handle and tip, reattach them to the new 4 cut shinai slats.
10) new VII.A.3
Add bucklers to the list of shinai defensive equipment. The rules and construction will be the same as the rapier buckler with the additional rules that:
e. bucklers may be used in combination with two handed weapons
Reason: This has been done for the past 10 years without a rule for it in the IMoC.
add the wordage: "...or rubber hose 'or pre-approved equivalent' securely attached all around..." to the construction of the shinai shield.
12) new VIII.B.xix -renumber as necessary to keep the list of definitions in alphabetical order
Add new definition: "Florentine: a term invented by the SCA to describe the use of two swords. Note, that this term was not used in period and the only time the use of two swords can be documented in our period is in the 16th and 17th century when using a 'Case of Rapiers' as described by the historical master, DiGrassi."
13) new VIII.B.xx -renumber as necessary to keep the list of definitions in alphabetical order
Add new definition: "Eric: a term invented by the SCA to describe a roped off area in which combatants fight. Possibly deriving from an actual person named 'Eric' who brought the setup to practices and or events. The proper term for the roped off area is 'List.'
14) section X.B.i
Change the rockwell rating of steel swords to match the rating already used by most of the steel fighters in the ECS.
-Submitted by HRM Sanguinius, King of Galandor, Imperial Minister of Combat