The Cardboard Tube Fighting League Will Take Over the Boston Common

The family-friendly, free event will take place January 30.

When we wrote about Star Wars fitness last month, it seemed that we’d reached the pinnacle of bizarre ways to stay active in Boston. We were wrong.

On January 30, the Cardboard Tube Fighting League is bringing its paper-fueled melée to the Boston Common, giving Bostonians the chance live out their dreams of donning homemade cardboard armor and battling it out with tubes. This real thing that exists is the work of a Seattle-based company, which has active leagues in Seattle, San Francisco, Belgium, the U.K., and Australia. It also brings traveling events to cities around the country.

The Boston event is free and open to anyone, but the organizers recommend that no children under five attend. To ensure safety, no outside tubes are allowed; the group will supply them to interested fighters.

According to the group’s Wikipedia page, its battles started for three reasons: “People need more ways to play and take themselves less seriously, events can be fun without alcohol, and cardboard sword fighting is fun.”

En garde.

Free, starts at 11:30 a.m. Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston,