HEMA Tournaments

Thank you all for the amazing support of CombatCon and our dream to continue building visibility for HEMA & Western Martial Arts. We are elated to see the bulk of the HEMA tournaments have sold out!

For those that were unable to sign up in time we will be offering an option to add your name in line for a waitlist. This will only be available for Open Longsword due to the time constraints as well as the limits of our staff.

To be added to the waiting list you must email your first and last name with your registration email address to Tournaments@combatcon.com – you must already have purchased a valid CombatCon pass.

All tournament participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a Tournament or Warrior Pass.

*If you are competing in the HEMA tournaments make sure you are included on the list of registered tournament participants that will be made available.

*There will be no cutting qualifiers required for any Longsword Tournament

Steel Longsword

Open Steel Longsword is for everyone ready to take on the tournament scene! Whether it will be your 1st tournament or your 50th, Open Steel is the place for you to earn that tournament medal amongst fighters from all HEMA traditions and skill levels. It is recommended that you be well practiced in intensive full gear sparring at your local club before participating in tournament. Consult your Head Instructor if you are unsure about your ability to participate.

CombatCon Tournament of Champions Longsword

All of the parameters are here for how to qualify for this Advanced Longsword Tournament.

Open Steel Women’s Longsword

Tournament for all women and female identifying individuals who are ready to fence! Women’s tournaments are known as a bastion of technical skill and strategic prowess. Come out and show the world your bad-assery!

Open Sword and Buckler

The tradition of the arming sword and buckler continues this year at CombatCon. Great for fencers of all levels, who may or may not have mastered the ability to fully utilize an off-hand dagger, but still wish to try a sword-and-off-hand style. Good news: you can score with the buckler! Equipment will not be provided, so check the rules for acceptable weapon parameters.

Open Rapier

The King of the dueling weapons, the rapier.  This event will allow you to demonstrate your advance technical skill, strategy, and athleticism in the one on one duel.  This year you may decide to fight with the rapier however you would like, either single rapier, with a dagger, or with a buckler.

Open Saber

If you haven’t had enough of the hack-and-slash weapons, consider entering the Saber Tournament! Based in classical military tradition, fencers of all levels are welcome. Check the rules for weapon parameters.

Open Messer

This Germanic single-edged sword will put your cutting skills to the test!

Open Armor Tournament

This is going to be a full armored event with spears! The final rules are being developed by Michael Woodford with lots of input from leading armored events. Stay tuned for more info!

Open Cutting

For competitors who have participated in cutting competitions before. You may not have won an intermediate cutting tournament or medal in a major competition.

 Kult of Athena Advanced Cutting Tournament

This is for those that have placed in other cutting competitions before and are looking for a challenge. There will be many surprises in store for you from the mind of Phil Martin. 

Real Time Tournament Updates

Check the TOURNAMENT WEBSITE for live updates on results of the tournament pools, placement, and advancement to the finals all weekend!

It is your responsibility to be in communication with the tournament staff about advancements. In particular, if you are on the edge of making it to the next round, keep checking the brackets. Occasionally, someone who advances must bow out of the tournament and you may be moved into their place!

Tournament Rules

Check out the 2022 ruleset!

Live Stream

What is the next best thing to being at CombatCon? Watching CombatCon’s kick-ass tournaments while they happen. In addition to having the biggest long sword tournament on North America we will be LIVE STREAMING all of the tournament finals to the entire world! We have lined up colorful commentators and professional cameramen. This Live Stream will be the one to watch. If you think you have what it takes to win at CombatCon and you want the world to know about it, well, here is your chance. Come and show the world what you can do!


2019 Livestream