Photo Story: The National Full Contact Medieval Combat Tournament in Johannesburg

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A young boy holds the huge sword of a fighter prior to his fight during the annual BHSA National Full Contact Medieval Combat Tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Combatants, both male and female, use historically accurate reproduction medieval and early modern armor and blunted weapons to engage in competitive fights according to authentic historical tournament rules. The fighting continued all day as the warriors faced each other in a small ring.

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Photo: EPA-EFE/KIM LUDBROOK

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