It was enjoyed by kings and was a popular sport in the Middle Ages.
And today English Heritage launched a campaign to get jousting recognised as an Olympic sport in the splendid setting of Dover Castle grounds.
It says the strength and equestrian skills required, make it an ideal candidate.
Sarah Saunders spoke to jousters Dominic Sewell and Steve Lawton, and Lucy Hutchings form English Heritage.
Click video. Jousting began as a way for knights of old to test their horsemanship , and now it is making a comeback. It's drawing big crowds to Leeds Castle in Kent where the age old skills are on display in regular tests of strength and expertise.