Adrian Empire:Combat ManualPage 3 of 27
© Adrian Empire Inc. November 2006http://www.adrianempire.org
This is the manual containing the rules and regulations for combat within the Adrian Empire. The combat systemunderwent extensive changes in 2000, resulting in this manual, first adopted for playtest in November 2000.Playtesting (and subsequent changes in the bylaws) resulted in an amended version in February 2002. Changes inwording were incorporated at the July 2002 Imperial Estates Meeting when this manual was adopted for use.Changes and clarifications are in red. At the next version of the manual, these changes will be incorporated withouthighlighting. The major changes are:
Section I.D - Minimum age requirements remanded to the Board of Directors for clarification
Section I.E.5. - Clarification of allowable activity during a Hold
Section III.E.6 - Return of basket hilts to acceptable hand-protection on a shield
Section III.H.1 - Return of maximum sword weight from 7 pounds to 8 pounds
Section III.I.2 - Thrusting bucklers allowable
Section IV.D - Correctly address wrist immobilization, rather than katar or pata style weapons
Expanded GlossaryJuly 2003 the following clarifications were made:
Section I.E.5 - Dead combatants may leave the field during a Hold.
Section I.F.5 - Clarify that blows should (not .shall.) be called by the combatant (receiving the blow)
Section III.D.6 - Swept hilts must cover fingers and backs of hands in glove description for Cut/Thrust.
Section III.G.2 - added the word “nominal” to minimum size requirements for Cut/Thrust rapiers.
Combat within the Adrian Empire is a martial art. Anyone wishing to participate should be in sound physicalcondition. It is strongly recommended that each person has a medical check prior to engaging in thecombatant arts. This is solely at the option of each person - under no circumstances will the Empire or any of its members be responsible for the consequences to any person’s health who chooses to participate in thecombatant arts.
A pregnant woman IS NOT allowed into combat regardless of her stage of pregnancy.
All combatants shall acknowledge that there are dangers inherent in combat as practiced in the Empire.Combatants shall assume unto themselves all risk and liability for injuries sustained by such combat. Allcombatants must sign a waiver of liability at the beginning of an event prior to participating in combat.
It is the responsibility of the combatant to provide proof of qualification (i.e. combat card) in the combat typeand weapons form in which the combatant wishes to engage. An authorized marshal shall then inspect armorto assure the minimum armor standards are met.
All combatants under the age of 18 must have written parental/guardian approval. The minimum agerequirements for combat participation in Adrian tournaments, wars or demonstrations are:
Shinai: 13 years of age
Rapier: 14 years of age
Cut-and-thrust: 16 years of age
Armored: 16 years of ages
Combat archery, shinai: 13 years of age
Combat archery, rapier: 13 years of age
Combat archery, cut-and-thrust: 16 years of age
Combat archery, armored: 16 years of age