Country in numbers – the story of the Czech Republic

23 Apr 2018 18:08
This country is not so big in a geographical sense, but its success in HMB sport is huge! It has been involved in HMB movement for six years and did a lot to bring this sport to such a level. Today we will talk to Tomáš Gajdošík about the HMB statistics of the Czech Republic.
When the HMB movement appeared in the Czech Republic? How was it?
– We came across information about HMB in summer 2012. We were interested in it and wanted to fight, but it wasn´t easy at the beginning. It took a year to form the first clubs in the Czech Republic. We were just little in numbers, so we united to make two teams and we participated at our first “Battle of the Nations”, that was held in Aigues Mortes in France.

How many HMB clubs are in the Czech Republic?
– There are approximately seven teams altogether in the Czech Republic. In Prague we have two, two in Pilsen, one in Vyso?ina, Slezsko and Moravia. The most active ones are SKSKB Prague, MFC Vyso?ina and MFC Slezsko. These three are stable ones and have constant existence.

How many certificated national and international Marshals do you have?
– We have three certificated international Marshals. Michal Vyhnálek is the head Marshal on local tournaments, and he also attends major international competitions – for example, the “Battle of the Nations”-2017. On the national level we have other six active Marshals.

Is there any kind of an inside rivalry, competition between clubs in your country?
– Yes, of course. The best teams and fighters can represent our country at the “Battle of the Nations”-2018. But, on the other hand, there is also a friendship and support among clubs and teams. Eventually, we do the same sport and that unites us.

How can you describe and evaluate the training level and qualification of Czech fighters?
– The training level and qualification are different in each club. It depends on how often the fighters train and how many tournaments, both local and international, they have attended. As an example, in SKSKB Prague club we have our own gym. We have three regular trainings in a week and the fighters can make up their own personal trainings as often as they wish. We also aim to participate in as many local and international tournaments as we can.

How many tournaments have been held in 2017?
– There were two rounds of national elimination for “Battle of the Nations”-2018 in Jemnice and Ostrava. Furthermore, HMB battle with tournament at Mra? was held in summer and many other smaller exhibition tournaments, that we could use to promote HMB.

Do you hold international tournaments? How many?
– A few years ago we hosted Prague Falchion tournament in Prague, and it was successful. We would like to organize the similar event, but we haven´t concrete plans yet.

Do you have particularly strong fighters? Can you describe their most outstanding, remarkable combats? Maybe, their fighting techniques, battles with interesting, strong competitors, personal stories?
– In SKSKB Prague we have a team called “Prague Trolls”, it is the strongest team with many experienced fighters, who fought at the “Battle of the Nations” or “Dynamo Cup” and other prestigious tournaments. I can name a captain Jan Burgerstain, who had a profight with Sergey Ukolov last year in Moscow and Lukáš Je?ábek, who had a profight with Vitali Gryzlov. Both our fighters lost, but they got valuable experience, our another fighter Daniel Dufek won his profight round. Female fighters are successful too. Our team “Prague Vixens” got the 4th place at the “Battle of the Nations”-2017 and a Bronze medal from “Dynamo Cup”-2017. The fights in female buhurt categories can be very long, the longest one at the “Dynamo Cup” lasted for 21 minutes! Especially I can name the captain of the Prague vixens, Pavla Markupová, who got a silver medal at the “Battle of the Nations”- 2017 in the Longsword category.

Are there enough workshops that make armour and weapons? Or maybe fighters have to buy the armour abroad?
– There are blacksmiths in the Czech Republic. Well-known are: Prague Steel Makerz, Mojmír Vrtal, Tomáš Lebduška, Radek Chlad… Some of the fighters are handy and prefer to make the armour or at least some of its parts by themselves.

How do you evaluate developing HMB-movement in the Czech Republic in general? Are you satisfied and what does it need to be improved?
– The HMB movement in the Czech Republic has gone through many changes and develops since 2012. We try to develop and popularize HMB as much as we can. We organize tournaments and other events. Since autumn 2017, we opened an HMB class for children, so that we can bring up another generation with love and interest in this sport. We would like to find more sponsors, so that we could make further development of HMB in our country.

Are there some exact tasks for developing HMB for nearest future?
– Besides improving ourselves, training hard and fighting harder, we want to concentrate more on the HMB Junior fighters to help them find a way to the HMB.

Is there an official organization that deals with the development of the sport in the country? How many active members, who manage HMB, are in the Czech Republic?
– Our national captain Josef Pohl is the highest representative of HMB community in our country. There is also a council of captains of the clubs and teams. This council meets regularly and solve important questions around HMB in the Czech Republic.

HMB battles is mostly a regular hobby for Czech fighters or they treat it as a serious sport?
– The Czech fighters are strongly motivated, as I mentioned before, some of them have already participated in many international prestigious competitions. Every new fighting experience leads to another desire to get better and to win.

As we can see, the Czech Republic does a great job both in sport and development directions. Let`s wish them success and new victories!


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