The Rules of The Sport
As in all sports, there are rules to follow for everyone's safety. This is a sport not actual warfare. Always remember that.
The combative sport rules for the ACL can be found here.
When at a tournament and a problem pops up, do not take it upon yourself to solve it. Please consult your team captain first to handle it appropriately, especially if it is due to something that had happen in a match or round. Do not blindly argue to the marshal/referee. If a marshal/referee approaches to discuss something with you, feel free to give them an honest account of whatever they ask or inquire of you.
Always place safety and respect above all things.
Orange County Armored Combat Team
About Our Team
Our Tier System
Our team is part of the Armored Combat League (ACL). The ACL was created by Andre Sinou and Jaye Brooks. The sport is full contact steel fighting, which means full force blows, grappling, punching, and kicks. All armor and weapons have to meet sport standards to compete with.
The historical term for our sport is called Buhurt. It holds single competition where fighters go one-on-one with each other and test their skills with the weapon, and melee fights of multiple fighters on a team clash against another team to knock down their opponents to win. The fights can be very physically demanding and challenging. It is not for the ill willed. Fighters have to adapt to the competition and situations presented. Even with it having all the hardship, it is a very fun competitive sport where people will find themselves open into a whole new world, friends, and companions.
The objective of each category is a simple point system. In singles, the fighters who has the most points scored with the weapon in the match wins. In the melee, the team gets points by taking down fighters and having fighters remain standing up.
We are the team that represents Orange County California. Our goal is to build a strong foundation in our team and fighters.
Our team is focused on professionalism. Professionalism in fighting and sportsmanship behavior. We teach our fighters the very basics of fighting in the sport and armor. Every fighter is an investment, and we will treat every fighter fairly and respectfully as such. Our team has invested a lot in helping all fighters grow and succeed. It is, however, up to each fighter to determine how bad that fighter wants it. We provide fighters the opportunity to compete and succeed.
All our fighters are expected to act with professionalism. We do not tolerate disrespectful, slandering, or threatening behavior in shape or form. Fighters represent the team, and we seek to hold ourselves to a higher standard and to be above approach in our reputation. Those who damage it will be warned, disciplined, suspended, or removed.
We desire to conduct good sportsmanship behavior anywhere we go. Regardless of whether we win or lose, it is important to always behave as honorable competitors with positive attitudes.
Our team has a no drug policy. This means no illegal drugs are permitted among the group in practices or tournaments. If anyone is caught with having illegal drugs with them, they will be discipline according to what the Captain deems fit at the time. Illegal drugs legally endanger the entire team and anyone among us or travelling with us. It is reckless and selfish behavior to jeopardize the team's integrity.
In our team, we have made a tier system to help gauge our fighters where they are at through their accomplishment and capabilities. It helps the more experience fighters gauge in helping train others in practice on what each person is likely still working to develop. It also helps focus a fairness in going at a fighters pace when the goal is to focus learning. This also helps select fighters for specific competitions and preferences over others. The higher the tier the better chances of being chosen over another fighter. It is a sport and competition that members need to strive to be better in. An example of this, a tier 3 fighter would be better preferred in fighting with the team in competition than a tier 1 if the there is limited amount of fighters that had to be selected. It also gauges the appropriate level of a fighter in match ups in singles.
All tier levels have prerequisites that must be met, tested, and kept in order to move up and retain that tier level demands. These testings have two focuses knowledge and conditioning.
Tier 1 is where all fighters start in. It is the beginners phase. Their primary practice will be to learn the basics of the sport that includes: awareness, tactics, weaponry, striking, grappling, and defense. In order to pass this tier, fighters must demonstrate their knowledge of what they have learned, being able to confidently perform, and meet the tier level physical fight trial.
Tier 2 is entry into competitive level. The fighter has a built a solid foundation on the basics and ready to begin more competitions and armor combat training. The fighter will be taught a secondary weapon skill during this tier level training and become more accustomed to armor. In order to progress above this tier, a fighter must have invested in his own set of armor, demonstrate fighting performance in armor with primary and secondary skills, and meet the physical demands of Tier 2 trials.
Tier 3 becomes the advance fighter stage. Fighters at this tier have become accustomed to their armor and fighting style. Fighters at this level will go under more advance armor training specialization to move up. Their goal is to truly understand the sport, fighting concepts, team strategies, fighting all categories, and being accustomed to all weapons. Fighters must able to demonstrate all weapon knowledge, understandings, and Tier 3 Trials.
Tier 4 has entered into the professional realm of the sport. The fighter has become proficient with all weapons and armor fighting. The fighter understands the sport well and has met all the physical demands of being a professional fighter. They also contribute to training and teaching others in becoming better fighters. In order to advance beyond this stage, the fighter must meet the physical demands of the Tier 4 trials and demonstrate teaching ability.
Tier 5 is the mastery level. Here the fighter has reached the maximum tier level. Masters must work to retain their tier status in their physical conditioning and performance. They never lose the titled Master.