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Bykov, Estonia: “Shield can be more dangerous than falchion”

Bykov, Estonia: “Shield can be more dangerous than falchion”

    I have German armor of the early 15th c. Why German? Well, everything is simple – Estonia has a lot of German medieval monuments, so Germany is congenial for us.   The choice of armor can be explained by its practicality and the level of protection it provides. However, I had to change a couple of helmets while I was looking for the one that suited me.  …

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Loborec, Croatia: “I have different weapons for different cases…”

Loborec, Croatia: “I have different weapons for different cases…”

    I am planning to assemble a set of armor representing the first part of the 15th century in Croatia. That was a very turbulent time, the country was influenced by different cultures (Italy, Austria, Hungary, Turkey), so I am still looking for the right set to get. Right now I have a combination of Italian and Austrian-style armor.   And, of course, as a fighter I have different…

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Bianchetti, Switzerland: “It’s not a common hobby, but a special one, not many people have the same hobby”

Bianchetti, Switzerland: “It’s not a common hobby, but a special one, not many people have the same hobby”

    Franco Bianchetti, captain of “Fimm Elfar” club (Switzerland), captain of the National Team of Switzerland     … Concerning his way to HMB sport  Full contact fight is my main hobby. For me it means a lot, it is a good way to escape the usual life – you fight in armor, you have to focus on the fight and don’t let other things come inside your mind.…

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Gajdošík, Czech Republic: “We had the most crucial time with New Zealand”

Gajdošík, Czech Republic: “We had the most crucial time with New Zealand”

    “Battle of the Nations”-2014:   MEMORY REMAINS     I was really surprised by the debut of Mexican team, because they fought really well. Other team which surprised me was Argentina. The guys had really improved all their skills compared to the previous “Battle of the Nations” and defeating them was really harder this time. I remember almost everything, because I like the movement and people in it.   We…

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Zhai, China: “I really hope to participate in “Battle of the Nations”

Zhai, China: “I really hope to participate in “Battle of the Nations”

    I think that the most important thing I’ve found in Historical Medieval Battle sport is friendship!   I really hope to participate in the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations”, because in my country not only I am interested in it.   I also want to make more friends, to get more skills, and let others know more about China.   Chenggang Zhai, captain of the National…

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Chevasco Diaz, Argentina: “We just train hard, fight hard, and try to do our best on the lists”

Chevasco Diaz, Argentina: “We just train hard, fight hard, and try to do our best on the lists”

    We don´t have a lot of secrets concerning our preparations for the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations”-2015. We just train hard, fight hard, and try to do our best on the lists.   I am a coach on the battlefield, I am the guy who makes strategies, tactics and technically train the team. Andy Di Francesco is our captain, our team leader. She gave some tasks…

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Sergheev, Moldova. “I support the idea of women’s triathlon!”

Sergheev, Moldova. “I support the idea of women’s triathlon!”

    "Battle of the Nations" gets new categories, in particular for women, and it's great! I think well of this. I notice that teams’ levels grow from year to year, new fighters appear, including women. I've been watching women fighters not once, they are great! At the World Championship in HMB "Battle of the Nations"-2014 in Croatia I enjoyed watching their fights, I shot videos, rooted for friends and…

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Blyth, UK: “I went for more of a tank role”

Blyth, UK: “I went for more of a tank role”

    In Croatia, I used English 14th-century-style armour consisting of a Visby-style coat of plates made from mild steel, which is heavy but cheap, my arms and legs were protected with hand-riveted steel and separate overlapping plates. I had a maille padded coiffe and a great helm made of mild steel. It was heavy but durable. I chose this type of armor mainly because of low cost, as I…

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Schwarz, Argentina: “I expect that it will be very difficult, but it`s worth it!”

Schwarz, Argentina: “I expect that it will be very difficult, but it`s worth it!”

    My team (“Pecari wildschweine Krieger”) is new to this sport, but we’ve achieved good results in every tournament held in Argentina. Our dream is to take part in the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations”-2015 in Prague. It will be our first time in this competition and we can`t wait to get there.   I think that “Battle of the Nations” is the best HMB tournament in…

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Lukashov, Kazakhstan: “Medieval city adds to the general effect of the event”

Lukashov, Kazakhstan: “Medieval city adds to the general effect of the event”

    It’s nice that this year’s "Battle of the Nations" will be held in Prague. It seems to me, a festival or an event cannot be held in a "spherical vacuum," it’s always closely connected with the venue. And Prague is a quite old city with rich history and beautiful architecture. I mean that entourage of the "real" medieval city adds to the general effect of the event, making…

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