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  • Teams from all over the world gathered for the International Medieval Combat competition at the castle of Belmonte in Belmonte, Spain, in May, to fight in the style of 14th century Europe – complete with full suits of armor and authentic period weaponry. Watch the full story on "Nightline" Aug. 6 at 12:35 a.m. ET.
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  • A member of the American armored combat league team, the USA Knights, chooses a weapon before combat during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 1, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain. "All the edges on weapons have to be 2-millimeter wide," said USA Knights team captain Andre Sinou. "We'll go over the blades... so that there are no sharp edges that could puncture."
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  • A member of the USA Knights team is seen wearing a face-like helmet shield during the International Medieval Combat championships at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain. The steel armor the knights wear can cost up to $10,000 and weigh 80 pounds.
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  • A helmet, shield and sword are seen during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain. This year was the first time women, who also dressed in full suits of armor, were allowed to compete.
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  • A knight of the Danish team, right, fights with a knight of the Quebec team during the International Medieval Combat at Belmonte castle, May 1, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain.
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  • A member of the USA Knights team, right, battles a knight of Quebec during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain. USA Knights team captain Andre Sinou said the American national team is made up of people "from all walks of life." "We've got lawyers, doctors, college students, guys that work at gas stations," he said. "This is truly a United States team.”
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  • A fallen knight of the Danish team look on as his comrades battle with knights of the Polish team during the International Medieval Combat at Belmonte castle, May 1, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain.
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  • The USA Knights battle during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain. Over 70 people tried out for the national team to represent the United States at the international championships.
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  • Teams train for months to compete in hand-to-hand medieval combat. The fighting, and the injuries, are real. A USA Knight team member is seen here resting after combat during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain. "I've seen guys take helmets off and there's no teeth left, their nose is broke, their heads gashed open, they're bleeding all over," said a member of the USA Knights team.
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  • A Knight from England, left, battles a knight from Poland during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain.
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  • A Knight of Denmark celebrates the win during the International Medieval Combat at the castle of Belmonte, May 4, 2014, in Belmonte, Spain.
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