Murumets, Estonia: “I rely on my muscular memory, the things that I have drilled in practice”

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Jaan Murumets,

fighter of “Turm” club (Estonia),

fighter of the National Team of Estonia

 

 

… Concerning his choice of HMB sport

Everything started with the interest to swords and history. From there came LARP. I found friends who were interested in history and reenactment. About 5 years ago those friends called me to Viking swordfigthing practice. After 2 years of “not very intense training“ I started to do more exercises and 2 years after I joined the HMB movement in Estonia.

 

For me, fighting in armor is a pure fun. I do it for myself, nobody else, so the main goal is to have fun, but to do this I need to train and the trainings give good feelings too.

 

 

… Concerning his armor and weapons 

My armor dates back to the beginning of the 14th-century Germany. The reason why I decided to have that kind of armor is that I had ordered my first HMB helmet in that style, so I decided to have all my armor made in one style. The second reason is the easiness of making that type of armor. It’s easier to make brigandine armor than a chest plate.

 

I use falchion for buhurts, but not too long, because when the weapon is too long it’s harder to fight in close combat. Falchion is a good combination of an axe and a sword. For duels I prefer a well-balanced sword.

 

 

… Concerning the sport in general

In the future, I want to engage in MMA or some other martial art. That would definitely help me, improve my kicks, punches and balance.

 

 

… Concerning preparation for tournaments

I usually try not to get overexcited. I was in such a state before some tournaments and it influenced my fighting. I started to think what to do and then I got stuck in my own mind. I try to rest for 2-3 days before a tournament. I drink a lot of water a day before and on the day of the tournament. My weakest point is my stamina, I have to develop it.

 

 

… Concerning his thoughts while fighting

I don’t think, I rely on my muscular memory, the things that I have drilled in practice. When I start thinking how to hit my opponent, it takes more time and I get confused, and usually I don’t get good result from that. So, the main thing is to hold good balance and let your body do the fighting, not your mind.

 

 

… Concerning qualities needed by any HMB fighter 

A good fighter must have a strong will, because when your willpower is strong you can achieve good results. Also, a good fighter should respect opponents, as you can never know what cards they might have up their sleeves.

 

 

… Concerning the season of 2014 

This year’s season was intense and awesome. It started in January with my first international tournament in Israel. I didn’t win, but I got a lot of experience for further development. I also got some new friends. We started our own professional league in Estonia, I fought there several times. It was a good season, with lots of experiences, because I haven’t travelled to other countries before to get fighting experience.

 

“Battle of the Nations”-2014. I’m quite happy about the result, it was better than my expectations. Good results in buhurt and triathlon, for the first time at “Battle of the Nations.”

 

 

Interview by

Miroslav Eremenko,

HMBIA News

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