Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What World Championship of Jousting?

So last night, Dad asks me, "Do you have National Geographic?"

"Dad, you know I can't afford any magazines."

"No, the channel. They're starting a new show on jousting tonight." He even found a glossy full page ad for the show Knights of Mayhem.

Against my better judgement, I managed to get through an hour and a half of the premier and second episodes. By the first commercial break, I was also Googling to find back up of their claims.

My thoughts on the show: Where's is the armor for the HORSES?! I lost track of how many times the cast reiterated how dangerous full-contact, heavy-armor jousting is breaking lances of solid hemlock. You can put an eye out with a BB gun has nothing on lances. So where is the protection for your most valuable asset!

Knights of Mayhem

New Riders of the Golden Age

Not every troupe armors their horses, but not every troupe shatters solid wood lances either.

I'm glad I'm not in Faire business any more, because I wouldn't hire that foul-mouth bully ever. Which is a shame, because the show they put on at Sherwood Forest Faire looked really entertaining with only relying on jousting. But the "behind-the-scenes" footage with almost every other word being bleeped out and Adams' stances of I'm pissed off let me blow a rookie out of the saddle to feel better is what made me turn the show off before the second episode was done. Tom Conroy's review Knights of Mayhem: jousting jerks sums up this portion of the show.

Charlie Adams: "I'm the world champion in heavy-armor jousting." Another member of his troupe: "I placed fourth at the world championships." Another troupe member Brian: "I didn't get to go to the world championships because of shenanigans!" (He is also flying home between shows which was another WTF moment for me.) Me: "WHAT world championship of jousting? Who's judging? Where is it held? Why all the emphasis (every other bit of dialogue) on making jousting an accepted sport if there is a world championship already?!"

This is the question that drove my Googling. Putting in the phrase "world championships of jousting" was less than helpful. So the I went to Knights of Mayhem's website, think that maybe they listed what they never bothered to say on the show. Charlie Adams' Bio:
California native Charlie Andrews is the World Champion of Full Contact Heavy Armored Jousting. Charlie is not only the current reigning champion but one of four founding members of the Sport. He helped pioneer and evolve the sport into the fierce competition it has become. He co-founded the UJC (Ultimate Jousting Championship) in 2010, it is the premier organized venue for the rising sport. Aside from being the strongest and fiercest jouster in the world Charlie’s unique background makes him the ideal candidate to lead the sport. Charlie has set a new standard for modern day knights, stating “most effective knights are 200 plus pounds and know their way around a horse, it is this barrier to entry that makes this sport tough, not only do you need a trained horse to ride, but you need $5000 worth of armor and nuts the size of the Lone Star State”.Charlie and the sport he co-founded is fast becoming a part of contemporary vernacular, with segments airing on ESPN and the New York Times proclaiming it as the next extreme sport. National Geographic formally announced the airing of 6 episodes focusing on Charlie’s Jousting troop (The Knights of Mayhem) in conjunction with a cross promotion from Nat Geo’s sister company FOX sports. The TV show titled “the Knights of Mayhem” combined with UJC’s live event circuit will soon make Charlie Andrews a household name.
Little things like dates and places for events makes someone feel that you are not talking out your ego's butt. Compare Knights of Valour Shane Adams's Bio
Below is a partial list of some of the major titles won and held by Shane:
  • 2010 - Grand Champion
    Light Armour/Games Champion - World Championships, Long's Peak Scottish/Highland Festival
    Estes Park, CO
  • 2010 - Grand Champion
    Heavy Armour/Games Champion - Gulf Coast International Jousting Championships
    Pensacola, FL
  • 2009 - Grand Champion
    Heavy Armour/Games Champion - World Championships, Long's Peak Scottish/Highland Festival
    Estes Park, CO
  • 2008 - Grand Champion
    Light Armour/Games Champion - World Championships, Long's Peak Scottish/Highland Festival
    Estes Park, CO
  • 2007 - Grand Champion
    Heavy Armour Jousting Champion - World Championships, Long's Peak Scottish/Highland Festival
    Estes Park, CO
  • 2006 - Gregor’s Crossing International Heavy Armour Champion
    - Grande Prairie International Heavy Armour Champion
    - Longs Peak Scottish Highland Festival International Light Armour Champion
  • 2005 - Canadian National Heavy Armour Champion
    - WCJA Heavy Armour Champion and Grand Champion
  • 2004 - Canadian National Jousting Champion
    - WCJA International Reserve Grand Champion
    - Sonora International Heavy Armour Champion
  • 2003 - Canadian National Jousting Champion
    - WCJA International Light Armour & Grand Champion
    - Sonora International Heavy Armour Champion
  • 2002 - Canadian National Jousting Champion
    - WCJA International Light Armour & Grand Champion
  • 2001 - WCJA Grand Champion
  • 2000 - Canadian National Jousting Champion
    - WCJA International Jousting Champion
    - Dragon's Lair Heavy Armour & Grand Champion
    - Calgary Stampede International Jousting Champion
  • 1999 - Canadian National Jousting Champion
    - Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival U.S. International Jousting Champion
  • 1997 - Canadian National Jousting Champion
    - Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival U.S. International Jousting Champion
From Shane's bio and details listed in other Knights of Mayhem's bios, the world championships of jousting is held by the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival. I'm assuming this is where Charlie has proved himself, but there's no evidence of it that I can find.

Sherwood Forest Faire looks nice and is near Austin. Actually, it's only a little over an hour from my sister's and runs from Feb. 11th through April 1st. At some point, I will be able to do fun things again financially, so its best to be prepared.

It is the best training method to skip getting these guys with little horse experience comfortable with riding and go straight for hitting each other with lances, really? If you believe that, I have a sword in the stone you can pull out and be ruler of all England too. Granted, I'm not the target audience for this show because I do know the history and training that went into making a medieval knight. For all the footage concentrated on a training dummy set up in the joust arena in the first episode, the rookies never used it. Grabbing the rings with the lance is the most boring game to watch ever (and yes, I have seen troupes perform it while explaining why i.e. EDUCATING the audience), but it still teaches accuracy and how to hold the damn lance without splinters ending up in the eyes. Same thing with the training dummy. Actually one rookie seemed to disappear between episode one and two. I hope he came to his senses and ran far away from the Knights of Mayhem and not ended up in the hospital and the producers decided to skip that.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

charlie andrews (a.k.a. robert charles mason) has made his life around being an ex combat navy seal
ALL LIES check it out on the web or navy records.
nat geo new this yet aired the show anyway, with the outlook we just want to make money.
Tell that to the family's of real fallen vet's.
Shame on all the people who support charlie

ONE WHO CARES

Anonymous said...

I am just watching this on Nat Geo in the UK, and I have to laugh.

Yet again another program featuring inwards looking american rednecks proclaiming to be world champions, in a sport they claim to have invented, when they haven't even competed outside the USA. I know the country is large, but it's only a small part of the world.

Here in europe and the UK we already have a world jousting championchips, which has been running for meany years, that is attended by jousters from around the world. There are also many other national and regional competitions, all involving full contact.

For example, full contact jousting and tournes are a regular performance at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, UK, especially popular with the children during school holidays. Some of the international competitions are also held here -

http://www.royalarmouries.org/events/events-at-leeds/upcoming-events-and-calendar/calendar/2012-04-07/jousting-tournament

And, in my experience, all jousters in these competitions armour their steeds when competing - I believe this is a requirement of the competitions.

darkeyez said...

Charlie Adams????

Connor Bean said...

Can't you just stop hating on the guy! All he wants is a sport that I think is just as entertaining as football become a pro sport. Really can all you do is bash the guy...pretty pathetic.

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Connor Bean said...

They never even claimed they invended it??? Dude seriously I think your just jealous if your so angry to have to post on a blog why don't you and Charlie go one on one?