Pohl, Czech Republic: “One of first experiences with HMB was buhurt “150 vs 150″. It hurts!”
Josif Pohl, captain of Czech Republic National team, head of HMB- movement in Czech Republic: “It was 4 years ago, when group of my friends including me, was in our first tournaments in Austria. It was hard start, because we wasn´t ready and one of first experiences with HMB was buhurt “150 vs 150″. It hurts! With totally bad equipment, with zero experiences, but with lot of enhusiasm, we did it”.
Guys were impressed and that’s how it has started. And then hard work and one big dream for many people has begun. Josif Pohl become the head of HMB-movement and even was elected to be the captain of Czech Republic National team. Its a big honor, but its a big responsibility too. That few people who was in love with HMB-sport started to train, did better armor and visited as much tournaments as they could to get more experience and see fight styles of different teams.
From that buhurt in 2012 4 years has passed and now there are 5 HMB clubs in Czech Republic – “SKSKB Prague”, “MFC Vysocina”, “MFC Zlinsko”, “Pragae Meretrices” and “MFC Slezsko”. According to captain Pohl, another teams are growing, but it is not easy to establish a club in this country.
HMB-movement here is part of lifes and captains of clubs have some kind of council to find the way to solve the problems and find the ways to develop historical medieval battles in Czech Republic. The main problem is that HMB is not official sport, so, we cannot find sponsors, and without resources, developing is very hard. But they doing everything that they can. First of all Josif Pohl and other sportsmen held tournaments in HMBIA standarts.
Josif Pohl: “In 2015-2016 season we are planning eliminations tournaments in october 2015, march 2016 and also some tournaments – 3rd Jemnice CUP in September, but now it is too early to say some details”.
There are a lot of HMB-fighters in Czech Republic. But its not easy to pick out few. As a captain said, every team has its own best fighters, but it is difficult to say:”This one is the best.” Because every fighter is good in his own way and If one is strong in one direction, there is another fighter strong in other direction. Josif Pohl and his fighters managed to show theirselves participating in HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations” and other tournaments. And their opponents were impressed.
Everybody knows that HMB-fighter can’t exist without armour and civil medieval cloth. Czech Republic is a european country, so it’s not surprise that most of czech fighters here use europian armour from 14th/15th century. Their armour and clothes are based on their national identity. Most of czech fighters are coming from reenancement, so they have really good knowledge of history and historical view.
In Czech Republic fighters are sure that in spite of all the difficulties HMB-sport in this country will develop and there will be more tournaments, more fighters and more fans.
captain of Czech Republic National team