WorldJoust Tournaments™ is building
a circuit of competitive historical jousting tournaments within north
America and around the world.
The WorldJoust Tournaments™ Calendar
May 24-26, 2013 Tournament of King John III - NEW!
Gniew Castle, near Gdansk Poland
June 1-2, 2013 Grand Tournament of Chivalry - NEW!
Neauphle-le-Chateau, near Paris France
August 31 - September 2,
du Lys d'Argent
Lachute, Quebec CA
October 21-23, 2011 Tournament
of the Phoenix
San Diego, CA USA
We enthusiastically invite tournament organizers that share our goals
to contact us about affiliating. Please write firstname.lastname@example.org for
details. Also see our Affiliation page for
World Invitational Joust, October 2007
American Sword of Chivalry Tournament, April 2008
Tournament of the Phoenix - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Tournois du Lys d'Argent - 2010, 2011, 2012
Rules and Scoring
WorldJoust Tournaments™ usually include three segments of competition:
Joust, Foot combat and Club Tourney. Points earned throughout the
competition are totalled to determine the overall tournament victor.
The judging staff also selects a competitor who exemplifies the Knightly
virtues to receive a Chivalry prize.
WorldJoust Tournaments™ utilize
an elegant Joust scoring system devised by founder Jeffrey Hedgecock
and derived from historical examples. Competitors score points
by striking their opponent's shield or body using a wooden lance
trying to break as much of it as possible. More points are awarded
for accurate hard strikes and breaking more of the lance.
Foot combat is usually fought with blunted longswords or
pollaxes, with the winning combatant being first to land the specified
number of solid blows on their opponent, disarming him, or bearing
him to the ground. Combatants receive points for each bout won.
The Club Tourney is fought on horseback in full armour with clubs
similar to baseball bats in size and weight. In two teams, combatants
maneuver around the field striking members of the opposing team,
displaying their horsemanship and martial prowess. A "Lady of
leads a panel of female judges in ranking the performance of each
combatant and points are awarded based on placement.
WJT events follow
varying formats, sometimes organized as individual competitions or team
events. Team events sometime see two teams of three or more competitors
face each other, or even a "Pas d'Armes" format as seen at the
Tournament of the Phoenix 2010, where 4 international "challengers"
faced three members of the Order
of the Crescent who held the field. There are many formats possible in WJT events, and
using history as our inspiration, it is our goal to create innovative, enjoyable and above all -fair- competitions.