medieval combat re-enactment sport, Belegarth, has been a nationwide
phenomenon since the 90s and has had a presence at the University of Wisconsin
– Stevens Point since 2009.
Johnson, a senior wildlife ecology major and the president of the Belegarth
Club on campus, mentions that Belegarth is a sport, not a role-playing game.
only benefit you gain on the field is an individual skill. You don’t start off
with spells or abilities that would make it more of a LARP-type game,” Johnson
mentions that LARPing (live action role-playing) and Belegarth are both part of
a similar community of games, but they do have their differences as well. The
major difference would be this idea of role-playing versus raw physical
a LARP, you’re more concerned with playing a character and having a persona
you adopt on the field, whereas what we do is just fighting,” Johnson said.
mentions that any role-playing is optional or done off the field. Another
difference between these two activities is the amount of physical contact that
takes place in both games.
are also more heavy contact. In LARP there’s a touch system. We have rules for
sufficient force. You actually have to hit someone hard enough,” said Johnson.
addition to these differences, there is a scholarship for any Belegarth
student fighter in the country. The Belegarth scholarship was created by David
Barely Romanin. Romanin builds and sells equipment for Belegarth fighters and
groups throughout the region, including Belegarth at UWSP. All of the profits
from those sales go to funding the scholarship.
education major and Vice President of the UWSP Belegarth Club Mel Mikul is a
non-traditional student in her second year who has nothing but good things to
say about Belegarth.
love it. It is also a great stress reliever, especially after a tough test or a
long day. There’s nothing better than running around a field hitting your
favorite buddies with swords for a few hours,” said Mikul.
said she thinks the scholarship is a great opportunity for any fighter and
that she will have to remember to apply herself.
national board of directors for the support decides on the recipients. The
recipients receive a $500 scholarship. The deadline is January 5, 2013 and will
be award the following fall semester.
mentions that he does not see Belegarth furthering his career as a wildlife
biologist, but he has gained leadership skills and has become more athletic. He
also mentions that Belegarth does not stress discipline, like other
fighting-related sports, but it is self-regulating.
been a lot of people that have grown up in the game. Typically, if you act up
on a three-day camping event, everyone gets to hit you the next day. It’s
self-regulating,” Johnson said.