By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The loud clanging of steel meeting steel as two grown men enter into a medieval duel is not something people would expect to hear or see in their local park, but this is just a normal practice for the Club d’Arts Martiaux Médiévaux de Sherbrooke (CAMMS).
A handful of CAMMS members secured a patch of grass in the Parc du Champ-de-Mars last Thursday evening, donning sturdy head gear, gloves, chest protectors and wielding malleable longswords. It’s all perfectly safe, according to CAMMS President Jean-Louis Boudreau.
“Their weapons we call them simulators usually because it’s like a real one,” he explained. “It’s a little bit lighter than a sword of the same period, but it’s more flexible, it’s blunt and there’s a rolled tip.”