The Poconos Goes Polish

On Saturday, June 25, Polish Living History, Inc. held its second annual Polish Day in the Poconos.

Last weekend the Signature Training Academy in Brodheadsville served as host of the second annual Poconos Polish Day. At the event, attendees experienced live music, including performances of traditional Polish music by Dorota & Aneta. Attendees also experienced dancing, vendors, a pierogi eating contest, a beer garden, and a living history camp showing histories of the Viking invasion, Polish Husaria, and Poland’s World War II experience. In addition, the South Jersey Pine Barons, an armored Steelfighting team, went to battle in the Husaria Cup Tournament.

The Husaria Cup Tournament is an armored combat sports event presented by Polish Living History, Inc. in collaboration with the Armored Combat Sports League. Launching in 2018, the Armored Combat Sports league was founded by Jaye Travis Brooks, one of the original US Armored Combat competitors. The Husaria Cup is an armored combat sports event where individual fighters come from all over the USA to compete. Attendees watched as armored competitors battled against one another to claim victory. After going to battle, combatants put the sword down, showing love and respect for the sport and their opponent.

The winners of this year’s Hussaria Cup were Sean Kennicott of the Iron Lions, Christopher Scanner of the Pittsburgh Steel Legion, and Christopher Torok of the South Jersey Pine Barons in the Sword and Buckler, Sword and Shield, and Short Axe divisions, respectively. There was also a 3-way tie between Christopher Scanner of the Pittsburgh Steel Legion, Michael Sloma, and Graham Wilcox, both of whom do not have any current team associations.

The Armored Combat Sports League has two shows on the horizon, one in collaboration with Polish Living History, Inc., scheduled for July 23 in Fort Mifflin, PA, and a Women’s match scheduled for September 17 in Linden, NJ.