Shining armor, clank of weapons, adrenaline and stands full of fans. It’s the way a spectator sees historical medieval battles, when the prize-winning places of the tournament are at stake, when people root for their teams. It creates a special atmosphere of unity among the parties, making them one single entity. However, a spectator sees only an outer side, a beautiful, entertaining fight of teams from different countries, but few people from the audience know what a National Team consists of, how it is formed…
HMBIA is ready to unveil a secret, the source that feeds any National Team is a club! And the more clubs has a country, the stronger is its National Team! “In Russia, for example, the National Team exists only during the HMB World Championship “Battle of the Nations.” For many it sounds strange, but it’s true. Every year the Team is formed again of the strongest fighters who participate in the qualifiers,” said Ivan Koryagin, a member of the HMBIA Development Committee.
Do you want details? Here they are! Today, we are ready to introduce you to one of the most famous clubs in the HMB movement, namely club “Knyaz” (Prince) from Ukraine (Kharkiv).
The club has been existing for more than ten years. It unites experienced and young fighters who are passionate about history, reenactment and full contact fighting in armor. Thanks to the club, about two hundred men got acquainted with the HMB movement. The permanent composition of the club is about twenty guys. They are not just a group of like-minded people, but a single organism, a team. And they are known worldwide!
“Training, armor improvement and trips to different events are the main traditions of the club. However, the club also organizes corporate events like birthday parties, New Year celebration, etc. The guys like kayaking and going to the movie. Our main tradition is flexibility of traditions. The team becomes a cohesive unit “in action”, while training, and the training involves strengthening both physical and moral conditions of the athletes,” said one of the club members.
The guys do not stop on what they’ve achieved and constantly develop themselves and their equipment. They improve their knowledge of history, tactics and strategy. Club fighters reinforce their knowledge and skills with practice, taking part in major international tournaments in historical medieval battles. “Knyaz” is constantly involved in prestigious festivals of historical reenactment, where it demonstrates stable and high results.
It’s not surprisingly that “Knyaz” gets good results in tournaments, because the club has everything needed for work and training, namely equipment and coaches. It allows to properly prepare for fights even a novice and enables further development of experienced fighters.
Historical medieval battles in armor mean not only prestige, excellent physical shape and large circle of friends who share your interests, but also an opportunity to travel around the world, visiting the most beautiful cities and meeting new people.