Medieval Madness Comes To Life in Bryan Park
Photo by Derek J. Amaya
June 25, 2012
Knights in not-so-shining armor at Bryan Park are not there to save any princesses, fight dragons or resolve political conflicts. They are practicing to compete in different duel competitions within the Society for Creative Anachronism throughout the nation.
These men and women strap on their colorful gear, put on their shields and ready their cushion-covered swords to fight against each other.
The Brotherhood, founded by three friends, Kyle Potts, Michael Horsley and Nick Horsley, are a not-for-profit group of Indiana citizens battling in single or melee contests. “It’s a crazy adrenaline rush,” Potts said. “Going out there in the fields face-to-face with the enemy, fighting with your brothers, is a rush.”
The three friends founded the group after spotting a man walking down the street in full armor at Purdue University.
“The three of us started to learn how to fight in the SCA,” Michael Horsley said. “Once we moved to IU, we decided to start our own group.”
All of them had some sort of martial arts background and used their knowledge to start training for events.
“All I had learned from martial arts was theory, “ Michael Horsley said. “I was able to bring together what I learned from there and what I learned from the Brotherhood and incorporate it to the battlefield.”
Membership began building, and they started weekly practices to compete in competitions around the country.
“By day, I am a computer technician,” Potts said. “By night, I am Cecil de Tourleonne. When I put my armor on, it is a great way to blow off steam from the day.”
Through their website and word of mouth, they continue to grow stronger in numbers.
“The sport is not dangerous at all,” Michael Horsley said, showing the weapons. “Everything is protected, and we take safety seriously.”
Michael Horsley said he is excited to be fighting next to his brothers in future competitions.
“Fighting next to my brothers is the greatest sense of family you can have,” he said.