Knight Training

Learn what it takes to be a knight in the Medieval Times Dinner Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. Did you know it takes over 500 hours before a knight will actually perform in a show. Not only are they showman but they are true athletes, equestrians and truly talented with swords. Enjoy learning what it takes to be a knight for Medieval Times Dinner Show in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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The training for the show that we put on here at Medieval Times is very much like the training of the medieval period. The order in which a knight is brought up is the same from page to squire to knighthood—the training with the horse, the fighting with the weapons, and the stunt falls or learning to fall off the horse without getting permanently damaged is very much the same. The difference is that at the end of the night, we don’t actually fight to the death, and the weapons aren’t exactly sharp. They are real weapons, they are real horses, and it’s real stunts. When a knight gets into the show, he learns exactly one fight, the basics of the jousting and the knightly games. It takes over 500 hours of training for a knight candidate to become a knight in the show. In that 500 hours, it would be a large amount of horseback riding, sword fight choreography training, stunt fall training, and specific horseback training for the knightly games. Now I’d like to show you some of the weapons we use in the show here at Medieval Times and for practice. And it all starts with the basic technique, drives from the two-handed sword, which we call the mandoble, which is the Spanish word for double hand. And it is a two handed weapon. And all the fight choreography that we do here derives from the two-handed sword technique. Everything we do is a series of either head strikes, leg strikes, or shoulder strikes. The technique with the mandoble is basically the abc’s of sword fighting choreography. And as you can see along the blade, it’s real metal, these are actual chunks taken out from contact. This is a titanium mandoble, this is what produces the brilliant white sparks in the show. Other than the mandoble, we have what we call a regular espada. Espada is just a Spanish word for sword. It’s a single-handed sword. This is usually used in conjunction with a shield as for the ability to block and attack. It’s a much lighter weapon and is also made of Titanium. And as you can see here, this is one we use in the show quite often and has the wear and tear. We also have larger, bludgeoning weapons, like the axe. This is a two-handed weapon as well. The good thing about the axe is you have three points of attack. You have the head of the axe, plus the sheer weight of the axe, which could be used to actually smash and trap the opponent in his own armor. Obviously, we don’t do that here at Medieval Times, it’s choreographed to ensure that we don’t get hurt. But these weapons are real and authentic. This is something a real medieval knight would use. And after that axe, we have a more specialized weapon that is actually not bladed at all. This is called a mace. And the mace is exactly the latter part of the use of the axe, it’s a bludgeoning tool. This is exclusively intended to trap somebody inside their armor, by caving in on them—very heavy, very awkward. But if it lands anything, it will maim and/or render that part useless. A night of feasting, fun, horsemanship, pageantry and knights fighting to the death at Medieval Times.

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