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Joust training can take from six months to one year, though the training was a lifelong process in the medieval days. Learn about the training process for this sport with information from an experienced jousting instructor in this video on medieval sports.
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Hi, my name is Matt Hiltman. I'm the head knight here at the Atlanta Castle Medieval Times. I train all of our jousters. And I'm here to talk to you today about how to train a knight for jousting. The knight's training was very rigorous when he learned how to joust. We typically take six months to a year to train a new knight how to joust. And back in the medieval times it was probably a life long process. Jousting was something that you didn't master at the beginning. It was a continual improvement and progression in your skills. The basic training would involve much horse riding practice. Typically the longest and most intensive part of the training. Because controlling a horse while holding a shield, and a lance, and with your vision impaired by a helmet can be very difficult. And it's very important to be comfortable on a horse. The training for the joust is relatively simple once you've mastered the horse riding techniques. You present your shield to your opponent, you lower your lance and try your best to knock your opponent off. And I am Matt Hiltman with how to train to become a knight.