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Friday, December 9, 2011

Extreme Jousting: Like A Head-On Collision With No Seat Belt

Jouster Charlie Andrews in action. (The Knight Of Mayhem/Facebook)

Some people would call getting rammed in the chest with a block of wood torture. But Charlie Andrews loves it, and he wants it to be a professional sport.

Andrews is a jouster, which consists of mounting a horse wearing 100 pounds of armor and slamming a solid wood lance at an opponent, trying to knock him or her to the ground.

Jousting has long been a staple of renaissance fairs. But it’s now the subject of a National Geographic show called, “Knights of Mayhem,” which Andrews jousts on.

Andrews says that getting hit in the chest with a solid wooden lance, “feels like a head-on collision with another car and you don’t have your seat belt on.”

Andrews has broken ribs and fingers and once suffered a near-fatal pulmonary embolism. But as he tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young, he does jousting “for the love of the game.”

“I love going out there and jousting, I don’t care if I get hit, I don’t care if I get knocked off, I always want to get back on, I always want one more pass,” he said.

Guest:

  • Charlie Andrews, an extreme jouster

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  • Bry2kicbm

    What an unbelievable macho toolbag.  “I joist for my daughter”.  This guy makes those college kids playing quidditch look cool.

  • Smiclops

    To Bry2kicbm:

    I probably wouldn’t say that to this guys face….mostly because he joists, which made him certifiable before he took too many blows from a few thousand pounds of force…now…well look at him. Don’t f with guys that wear metal shirts, thats my motto. Plus I imagine he could take any quidditch player and make them eat their broom sticks…..just sayin.

  • John D.

    All I could think of when I heard this piece was:  Darwin awards.

  • J Frog

    After a radio segment like this, I think a little “Army of Darkness” is in order….the “Boomstick” clip.  I always get a chuckle about the way the knight uses of his page for “leverage” when he removes sword from scabbard.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFriRcIwqNU

  • Mary

    I love these guys and Jousting I hope they get another season on Nat Geo!

  • IronKnight

    John – what you should be thinking is “Seriously Skilled Athletes and Equestrians”

  • Nicolema80

    LOVE Knights of Mayhem… Charlie Andrews is a BEAST of a man!! I hope they get a season 2

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