Facts: Big Money, Big Pain

Video highlights from Knights Of Mayhem

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  • When he isn’t jousting, Knights of Mayhem member Patrick Lambke, also known as the Black Knight, tunes pianos in his spare time.
  • The Knights of Mayhem practice a heavy armor style of jousting called Realgestech.
  • The Sherwood Forest Faire, a venue where the Knights of Mayhem joust, received 42,000 patrons during its 2011 season.
  • The Sherwood Forest Faire, where the Knights of Mayhem joust, is a newer Renaissance festival- it officially opened its gates in the spring of 2010.
  • William Brunson, recruited by Knights of Mayhem leader Charlie Andrews at a Renaissance faire in Utah, is the official armorer for the Knights of Mayhem and is responsible for building and maintaining the various suits of armor used in their tournaments.
  • At 22 years of age, Greg Boxma, who grew up riding horses and playing football, is one of the youngest competitive jousters in the world and sees jousting as the perfect combination of the adrenaline rush of the football field and his passion for horses.
  • Charlie Andrews, the current reigning world champion of full contact heavy armor jousting, helped pioneer and evolve jousting into the fierce competition it has become today and in 2010 he co-founded the UJC (Ultimate Jousting Championship) - the professional venue for the sport.
  • Patrick Lambke got his start in jousting in the 1990s and has since become one of the biggest pioneers of heavy armor jousting, and this year Patrick hopes to win the title of champion back from his protégé, Charlie Andrews.
  • The Realgestech form of jousting features each knight wearing a gridded grand guard - a kind of shield bolted to the breastplate featuring grids in the shape on nine squares minimum each raised a minimum of 1/8 inch high and painted a different color from the armor.
  • The first Renaissance festival premiered in California in the 1960s and since then the phenomenon has spread across the world.
  • The term Renaissance literally means “rebirth”.
  • The Renaissance was the period in European civilization that immediately followed the Middle Ages.
  • To scholars, the Renaissance was primarily a time of the revival of Classical learnings after an extended period of stagnation and cultural decline.
  • 15th century scholars coined the term “Middle Ages” as the time period between the demise of the Greek and Roman Classical world in the 5th century and the classical world’s rediscovery at the beginning of the 15th century.
  • A series of events beginning in the 12th century including the demise of old feudal structures and the rise in importance of city-states and national monarchies culminated in the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance.
     

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