We are pleased to announce the start of two rapier experimental weapon programs.

The first program is Fleeting Body Contact, run by Master Donovan
Shinnock. This experiment will explore the feasibility of changing
II.B.9, currently “Wrestling with an opponent, or any form of
body-to-body contact is prohibited.” to the Society Rapier Standard
of, “Fleeting contact between opponents is allowed, as long as no
grappling, deliberate striking or other unsafe behavior occurs.”
Fighters and marshals wishing to participate in this program should
contact Master Donovan.

The second program is Blade Grabbing, run by Baroness Alesone Gray of
Cranlegh. This experiment will explore the feasibility of allowing
blade grabbing in the East Kingdom as defined by the Society Rapier
rules.

For this experiment:
Blade grabbing will be announced at the beginning of each bout in
which it will be used. Both participants must agree to the convention.
If the blade that is grasped moves or twists in the grasping hand,
that hand is deemed disabled
Grasping techniques shall be used only to immobilize a blade, not to
bend it or wrest it from the opponent’s grip.
Fighter attempts to move or twist the blade free, the blade must be
released and the grasping hand shall be deemed disabled, even if the
blade is grasped tightly enough that it cannot be moved.
Wrestling or grappling with opponents or blades is prohibited.
Fighters and marshals wishing to participate in this program should
contact Baroness Alesone

With both programs:
Any marshal who has been deputized by the marshal supervising the
experiment may oversee bouts fought under the proposed new rule.
Combatants in such a bout will be informed of the rule and
expectations of behavior. After overseeing any such bouts, the marshal
will discuss the bout(s) with the combatants and send an after-action
report to the supervising marshal.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me
mof.experimental@eastkingdom.org

In service,
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh,
Experimental Weapon Deputy, Rapier