Ironhide Academy, Medieval Combat Training

Ironhide Academy has the only professional instruction in Full Contact Medieval Combat, as seen in A

Operating as usual


Big flexing after class last night!


Ironhide Students and Staff competed on multiple teams this weekend at Grapes of Wrath, aka the Pudding Bowl due to how muddy it was.

Karl took home at least one medal in singles and fought Melees on the Pine Barons, helping his team win a match in a tough bracket.

James fought with Pale Horse and took home a third place medal!!!

Our head instructor Josh "Karnage" Kearney is a member of the Executioners and they again had a strong performance as a team and took home the gold.

We also saw other students and prospective students there and it was a generally great weekend.

Congrats to all and Huzzah to the Pudding bowling!

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Class this Saturday is canceled as our instructors will be competing at Grapes of Wrath at Mountain Run Winery in Culpeper VA that day.

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Great class tonight!


Due to Carolina Carnage there will not be Medieval Combat Classes on Thursday 1 Feb or Saturday 3 Feb 2024.


Due to the continued bad conditions in some areas and that many of our students come from quite a distance for class Josh has decided to cancel medieval combat classes tonight.

BJJ will be decided by the instructors of that program. For news about that check out the main IronHide Academy page.


Practice Saturday is moved to 11 AM on Sunday at the gym.

This is a one time move, not a permanent one.

Will be back on schedule next week.


The building blocks of Victory in Medieval Combat/Buhurt/Steel Fighting/Whatever other name you call it.

Bottom row, left to right:

Warrior spirit: This is what gets you in the list and what gets you coming back. Without it none of the rest is possible.

Physical Fitness: Being cardiovascular and anaerobic condition for sports. Also includes having at least a basic level of strength.

Individual Skill: Being skilled at fighting as an Individual. Knowing how to fight. Grappling+Striking+weapons+defense.

Team Work: Knowing how to fight as a member of a team. Being able to work well in groups to take down opponents and when to leave and do something else. Many other things too.

2nd Row, left to right:

Warrior Spirit and Physical Fitness lead to Never Giving Up. How many times do we see fights won or lost when someone breaks. Maintain good fitness and a strong mentality and you will not break.

Physical Fitness and individual skill leads to being able to Do you Job. If you can do your job you can ensure you will never be a weak link on a team.

Individual Skill and Teamwork leads to a great ability to disrupt your opponent(s). Being able to work together and having good skills on your own makes you destructive on the field. Also includes being able to support your team.

3rd Row, left to right:

Never giving up and doing your job leads to an elimination of mistakes. Mistakes are anathema to victory, and while some can be overcome by other elements it is imperative to commit as few as possible.

Doing your Job and Disrupting your opponent leads to Opportunities which should be siezed. Other teams can make mistakes too, and it is important to take those opportunities. If you are doing what you are supposed to be doing you will be in good position to exploit those opportunities.

And Finally:

Elimination of Mistakes and Siezing Opportunties leads to....



Medieval Combat classes are also canceled on Saturday the 11th due to the event this weekend.


At Ironhide Academy we teach Medieval Combat as a martial art. This includes elements of weapons work, kickboxing, judo, wrestling, team fighting tactics, body mechanics, and everything else that goes into fighting.

This INCLUDES Big Axe Go Bonk.

All of these are elements of fighting and fighting in armor. Thus all must be learned to an adequate degree for a fighter to be fully capable in the list.

Credit to Adam Harrigan for the sweet sweet may-may.


Remember.. no medieval combat classes this weekend due to multiple fighting events.

Back to regular schedule next week!


Armor day was rained out last week so we are doing it this weekend.

Class will be at a local field. To do full armor training. Not in the gym.


Class tomorrow at 2 is canceled as Josh is going to be fighting at the Cheese Cup in Vermont.

However some of the fighters will be out doing an armored day at a local park.


Reminder, class this saturday at 2PM will be an outdoors armored practice nearby the gym.


Unfortunately both strength and skills class have to be canceled tonight.

We will be back on Saturday and go some extra time to make it up.


Practice tomorrow is canceled due to Josh being out of town.

Watch the War in the North videos or live feed if available as homework.

If not watch the Dominus matched from blwc on youtube.


Our head instructor of Medieval Combat will be going live on Axing Questions at 7 pm eastern time tonight on the Cincinnati Barbarians Twitch stream.

Be there or be 🔲

Update this stream is being rescheduled to next week July 12th! Tune in then as we interview Josh "Karnage" Kearney



Tuesday July 4th 2023 class is canceled for the holiday.

However there will be an 11 am to 12:30 PM open mat.


Saturday the 24th Class will be in a local park as we will be putting on armor and doing group fight practice.

Students, staff, and a few limited prospective students only.


Class on Saturday is canceled due to the Josh Barnett seminar.



We will host an open mat 1100-1230 on Monday 29 May. Class schedule is as follows:
Morning BJJ: Canceled
Kids MMA: Canceled
Wrestling: Canceled
No Gi BJJ / MMA: Canceled
Striking: Normal Schedule (6-7:30 PM)

All classes return to normal schedule on Tuesday 30 May.

Have a great day!

✂️ Josh going to work Against Germany 05/04/2023

Putting in work in the Playoffs!

✂️ Josh going to work Against Germany 18 seconds · Clipped by Ironhide Academy, Medieval Combat · Original video "IMCF Championship Belmonte 2023 - DAY 3" by IMCF


Our own Head Instructor of the Medieval Combat Program Josh Kearney brought home gold in the 5v5s at the IMCF World Championships.



Tuesday the 25th: On as normal.
Thursday the 27th: On as normal.
Saturday the 29th: Watch the IMCF Stream.
Tuesday the 2nd: On as normal.
Thursday the 4th: On as normal.

Photos from Ironhide Academy, Medieval Combat Training's post 04/12/2023

Great class last night!

Photos from Ironhide Academy, Medieval Combat Training's post 03/12/2023

Got in armor today!

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