Finding your inner warrior

Wild woman warrior Xena and Travis Woods are part of MEAD, a community group enjoying all things medieval.

If you fancy yourself as a sword wielding medieval guardian of the old ways you might want to join in the fun of Mercenary Elite Age of Darkness, better known as MEAD.

This dark age re-creationist group, a blending of all things ancient, is training every Saturday from 11am onwards at Federal Park and they want other members of the community to come along and check out what they do.

Travis Mead first started medieval training for fitness reasons but along with a local medieval trainer, Geoff Anderson, established MEAD.

The focus of MEAD is not only the combat skills required to last hours wearing 15kg of armour or a two kilogram helmet on your head, said Travis. And you dont have to want to fight to join in.

That said, there is sword wielding involved and the chance to dress up as your favourite medieval character.

There will be camp-outs and free workshops on how to fletch your own real feather arrows, and learn about cultural aspects of medieval life, said Travis. Being mercenary also encompasses all cultures from the Celts, Gauls, Early Vikings, Germanic migration period and barbarian tribes so yes, you do get to dress up!

MEAD has also received support from the Federal Village Gallery which will be hosting a medieval-themed exhibit in October. There will be photography, sculptures, film and jewellery, and weapons and armour hand made by local enthusiasts.

We want to show the community that we are more than just a fight club, said Travis. Its about using your imagination and using that to create something unique within the community.

For more information contact Travis Woods on 6688 2411 or Geoff Anderson on 6621 2260.

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