Woman Foils Intruder With Medieval Skills, Sword She learned to fight in the Society for Creative Anachronism By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Oct 10, 2015 3:40 PM CDT 40 comments Comments (Shutterstock) (Newser) – An Indiana woman says her training in medieval combat helped her corner a home intruder. The Indianapolis Star reports 43-year-old Karen Dolley of Indianapolis threw punches until she had the suspect cornered during the Thursday night break-in. She then kept him subdued with a Japanese sword she keeps near her bed. Dolley says she learned to fight as a teenager in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that recreates skills of the Middle Ages. She also skates with roller derby team Naptown Roller Girls. Police responding to Dolley's 911 call arrested 30-year-old Jacob Wessel, who they say was high when he forced open the back door of Dolley's home.