We dont do 'competetions' per se, since we are more concerned with studying precise techniques as opposed to creating a sport where someone is "winning". This is one big area where we differ from groups like the SCA. Since they do compete, it turns into more of a game. Where people are less concerned about wheter this was how it was originally done and more concerned with whats the easiest way to get a touch. The problem with that is that the point system the SCA uses dosent take into account armor. Since virtually no swords cut through armor, people had to develop techniques that go around the armor. When armored, this is what we do, whereas the SCA counts any hit reguardless of what part of the body it struck. Another fundamental problem is that the SCA uses rattan sticks- which are round bits of glorified bamboo. This means that there is no 'edge'. Another super important factor in real swordsmanship is edge alignment- ie making sure you are striking them with the edge as opposed to whacking them with the flat. With a round object, you cant tell. Even our wooden wasters are shaped and balanced like real swords and thus have an edge. So yeah- we dont really do competetions. We spar plenty, but just to see if we can incoporate the techniques we learn from the manuals into a fluid manner. Yikes- sorry for the rant.