If you're just getting started in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and are looking for some good ideas on how to get a set of armor for cheap to let you engage in heavy combat, this video, of an SCA class deaing with armor, is for you!
This video covers how you can be more effective with boffer tactics that teach you how to use a polearm against a line of players wielding swords and shields. This tactic is even better if you have a swordsman to back you up.
Want to get started with the heavy combat in the Society for Creative Anachronism? First, you'll want to be protected by armor. Secondly, you'll want to be armed with a rattan sword. Thirdly, you'll want to know how to use your sword. And this video covers all these basics for you.
If shield kicking is legal in your game, here's how you can safely and effectively kick your opponents shield (and perhaps even knock them down). Know what's a good target, and a good way to deliver the kick without exposing your leg to be hit in turn.
This tutorial starts off by demonstrating the proper way to hold a boffer sword for greatest control. Once you've gotten that down, you're shown how you can go up against an opponent with a shield and still win, even if you only have a sword.
Footwork is an important aspect of waging effective boffer combat. If you want to get better at boffer fighting, work on your footwork. No matter what weapon you're wielding, you'll be able to effectively and quickly maneuver on the battlefield to get an advantage at your next game or fighter practice.
A shield makes a fantastic defense in boffer combat. If your character uses a shield, you're going to want to make sure to get the most out of it. This video shows you a variety of shield techniques you can use to protect yourself in boffer combat or fighter practice.
A shield isn't just for defensive maneuvers - you can also use a shield in several different ways to augment your weapon attacks. This tutorial shows you how you can use a shield effecitvely in boffer combat or at a fighter practice.
This video focuses on the tower shield techniques. First you're shown how you can get a hit in on an opponent who is fighting with a tower shield. At the same time, you learn ways to become better at boffer fighting with a tower shield yourself.
Combat is a fundamental part of many boffer larps, and you'll need to know how to fight well in order to have a successful PC for most games. This tutorial starts with the very basics of weapon grip, and shows you other important boffer combat techniques, like footwork and how to attack without leaving yourself open for a counterattack.
In this tutorial, we learn how to whistle with your fingers in your mouth. First, you will grab your two pinkie fingers and place them inside your mouth on either side. Seal them with your tongue and blow across the remaining hole that is in your mouth. From the side, you should be able to see just one area where the air is coming out of from your mouth. The air should blow across the top and will control the pitch of the note that you are playing. From here, you can learn how to play songs a...
In this video, we learn how to perform a wolf whistle with your fingers. First, you will place two fingers straight out so there is a dip in them. Then, place these in your mouth and start to blow air out of your mouth. Make sure the fingers are all touching each other while inside of the mouth. Also make sure that the fingers are pushing the tongue back. When you learn to do this, it may sound rough in the beginning, but with practice, it will sound much better! This is a handy tool to learn...
It's the newest craze to hit the web and it's called "tarp surfing". Somehow it is out and out ingenious. Simple and infectiously fun (for some reason, the resourceful silliness of it is right on par with CD-R bubble blowing).
Man, I can't tell you how sorry I am that I missed this year's 14th Annual Summer Redneck Games, a competition held yearly in East Dublin, Georgia. Fiercely proud hillbillies from across the deep South compete in the following contests: the Armpit Serenade, Bobbin’ for Pigs Feet, the Mud Pit Belly Flo, and Watermelon Seed Spitting.
In this tutorial, we see how to whistle loudly by putting your fingers in your mouth. First, place your two fingers from each hand into your mouth. You will use the middle and pointing fingers from each hand. Place your fingers underneath your tongue and hold the tongue back while you whistle. Push the tongue to the back of your mouth making a seal around your lips. Push air out of your mouth going out into the middle. This is the easiest way to make a loud whistle sound while just using a si...
This video demonstrates us the method to throw a boomerang. Firstly, hold the boomerang properly. It should be done by holding it in your hand from one of its arms. Hold it vertically at an angle to the ground. The hand, while releasing it, must be slight above your head. See the wind by dropping the grass. It can also be felt on one side of the face. Throw the boomerang at forty five degree angle into the wind. Safety of the people around must be taken care of as they might get hurt with the...
When John Ivers grew tired of the long lines at amusement parks, he decided to build his very own roller coaster - in his backyard. Called the Blue Flash, the roller coaster is said to have the same safety standards as official park coasters, and even has a 360 degree loop.
More than 1,200 students and staff from the University of Alberta set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest dodgeball game in early February. The group nearly tripled the former record of a 450-person game. Awesome aerial footage of the event below.
This video tutorial shows you how to properly throw a boomerang. 1. Grasp the boomerang with your thumb across the top and your forefinger across the bottom in a manner that you would hold a pencil.
Regardless of what you might have seen on tv or movies, you should never throw a boomerang side-arm. The only proper method for throwing a boomerang is to throw it overhand just like you would with a baseball. There are two ways to grip a boomerang: either pinch it or cradle it. You can do whichever one is more comfortable to you. This video will show you how to throw a boomerang.
We have seen it before (previous post: Human Powered Ferris Wheel), but it never gets any less amazing. Talk about resourcefulness. No need for electricity. Use humans to power your ferris wheel (if you had one sitting around... I wish I had one). Via Make,
Watchout! Snowballs! You’re outside. You’re getting pummeled with snowballs. Time to build a snow fort and set-up teams... The snow war is on!
This is a short but thorough guide to how to throw and catch a boomerang. We focus on boomerang grip, throwing technique, and more. The presentation is no-frills but informative, featuring a lot of diagrams and a brief demonstration at the end.
In this segment from Lonely Planet, we learn how to throw a boomerang. It's not just a question of getting the boomerang to come back to you. Throw the boomerang the wrong way, and it just might come back to you like a heat-seeking missle! The host in this clip has trouble getting the boomerang to return, calling to mind the old joke: "What do you call a boomerang that won't come back? A stick." Throw a boomerang.
In this tutorial, you're introduced to Geocaching, the high tech treasure hunt. This is a pretty thorough intro, presented without a lot of flash but with some solid info. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to go out there into the wild, seeking those hidden goodies.
My stomach is doing somersaults just watching this. Looks fun, albeit incredibly dangerous. Take it down a notch (or fifty) and build an indoor swing this winter. Previously, Deeply Trusting Female Volunteers Bod to Redneck Science: First Human Slingshot.
Breakdancing. Acrobatics. Gymnastics. Human jump roping fits in all. And why not? It's frickin' awesome. (Image credit: Flickr user envycleopatra.)
According to Google's (albeit rough) translation from French to English: "A big wheel in India that does not work with an engine but using human power. Men throw themselves in front of the wheel to rotate due to their weight."
Well, maybe these folks aren't redneck. That is a pretty nice house, and that slingshot doesn't look too jery rigged. But the idea of a human slingshot is certainly redneck (and lotsa fun). Previously, Build a Redneck Roller Coaster.
Jeremy Reid has created what quite possibly may be every child, teenager and adult's dream: the backyard roller coaster. This thing sure beats my childhood swing set.
Who is hula hoop boy? I'm dying to find out more information about this kid. According to YouTube, he is thirteen years old and managed to keep 30 hula hoops going. Whoever he is, he's incredible.
You're never too old to join in the fun. A 99-year-old woman helped Bismarck, North Dakota, recapture a snow-angel-making world record. Learn how to make snow angels.
Imagine a game almost anyone can play that combines the best of skee-ball, bowling, and shuffleboard. Welcome to the ancient sport of bocce.
Whether your scavenger hunt is for group competition or just fun, add a tech twist and let the games begin.
Looking for some new tricks to perform on the pogo stick? Start off in bus driver (twisted hand) position, then while jumping high do a backward 360 reverse, and graduate to a reverse leapfrog done between the legs. That's called a v-wrap. Learn how to do a v-wrap move by watching and following along with this video pogo stick trick tutorial.
Lawn bowling is a game of rolling asymmetric balls down a field to hit a smaller ball, called a jack. Learn the art of lawn bowling with this free video series.
Learn how to build a snowman in your own yard with expert tips and advice on winter recreation in this free winter fun video series.
Interested in getting a pogo stick? Maybe you've seen some of the impressive pogo stick tricks. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to do some basic tricks on the pogo stick. Before attempting these tricks , try to get comfortable with the pogo stick by jumping.
This video is produced by John Hanrahan and Tor Joerund F. Pedersen at The Academy of Art University in our editing class. It is to explain how to play the lawn game Kubb as well as rules and background on the game itself. A big thank you to Dan, Erin and the rest of the Kubb players! Hope this can give you a good introduction to the amazing game of Kubb! Now go make/buy a set and start playing! This is a great game for the beach!
Shot at the Brambuk National Park and Cultural Centre in Australia, this video shows how to properly throw a boomerang. Take a look this video and give it a try.