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

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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 was new to the sport and needed good protection.

 

I was not one of the fastest, but I was one of the biggest men on Team UK1, so I went for more of a tank role.

 

I prefer to use either a two-handed falchion or large shield and falchion. I`m also looking at a halberd for the next Championship which is to be held in Prague in May.

 

I`m hopefully looking towards Italian or German 15th-century Gothic armour set. It’s good-looking and it offers good protection. Looking at photos from Trogir, I remembered our fight against Russia 3 team. Russia 3 was an amazingly well-organized team and after the fight we went to them just to thank for the opportunity to fight with the world champions of the time. We learnt from them that tactics are just as important as fitness. But, of course, I believe Team UK made a good impression as we were all relatively new and had not been fighting together long. I can`t wait for “Battle of the Nations”-2015 in Prague.

 

Paul Blyth,

fighter of the National Team of UK

 

 

Interview by

Christina Korneva,

HMBIA News

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