Jergen, left, is dressed as a 1600s fighter from Japan. Known otherwise as Travis Grabowsky of Hemet, he studied martial arts for 13 years, which led to his attraction to Japanese armor. Darrell Nice of Apple Valley said he prefers his 1400s Japanese armor because of the type of fighting it requires. "There's more aggression in it because we don't use a shield," Nice said. The two said that kingdoms in the society are inspired by a variety of historical empires, including those that once ruled Asia, Greece and Persia.
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