You can see full contact steel fighting at outdoor festivals.
You will be amazed to see men in steel suits getting wrecked and bones broken.
They use weapons like swords and defend with shields. They wear plate armor covering entire body but still get hurt.
Here are some photos:
The weapons are heavy and hurt when you get hit.
The sword is real
Crowds gather to watch
For the competition there are 3 rounds, 1 min each, with 1 min rest. You get points for strikes, falls, and disarms.
Weapons weigh 2 to 3 kg. Shield weigh less than 5 kg. Pole axe, great swords, long axe, sword and shield are used.
They fight one on one.How to sharpen sword
Real fighting with steel axes, maces, and swords.
The shield is only defense
The crowds of people love to watch these matches.
They practice away from crowds.
The helmets were heavy and made of steel, with small holes for eyes.
Body armor was chain link or steel plate
Shield for defense
Combat was brutal
Completely covered in steel but still can get hurt.
Not much of a peep hole in helmet
Medieval weapons list infographic