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Knight school teaches mediaeval war skills

A mounted archer

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Horseback jousting and archery might not seem like essential skills for modern life, but a Sussex couple say demand proves otherwise.

An archery target

Karl Greenwood and Zana Cousins teach the deadly skills of the mediaeval battlefield - archery, jousting and sword fighting.

The archery courses are the most popular, inspired by the television series Merlin and the new Robin Hood movie.

"Suddenly all the enquiries about jousting have died off in this wave of enthusiasm for horseback archery," said Mr Greenwood.

Horseback archers fire their bows on the move, meaning they cannot hold the horse's reins.

"They are invariably delighted. It's the most fun that you can have on horseback." he said.

The Centre of Horseback Combat near Heathfield is open to both riders and non-riders.

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