The beauty and grace of duels in full plate armor are admired by the fans of the largest reconstruction festivals in the world.
Such tournaments are so widespread and multifaceted that they became contenders for their own place in the HMB world championship, Battle of the Nations.
HMBIA News asked Sergei Myasishchev, head of the HMBIA Marshals Committee, to comment the potential emergence of a new combat category at Battle of the Nations:
On the one hand, such fights give a very interesting “picture”. Indeed, this is exactly how everyone imagines a real knight – a warrior chained in full plate armor wielding a huge sword. All this shows the enormous potential of this discipline to draw attention to HMB sports. On the other hand, there are some aspects that need to be discussed before the introduction of full plate armour battles into the list of the World Championship official categories and implemented into the HMB sports. For me, HMB is primarily a competition. Competitions must be held in accordance with strict rules and regulations
said Sergey Myasishchev.
Now work is well underway to prepare the regulations for the official inclusion of full plate combat. Maybe we will see them among the official categories at Battle of the Nations in 2021. The final decision to classify such fights as tournament categories will be announced at the HMBIA General Assembly in the fall of 2020. Leonid Manevich. Leonid is the head of the Belfry Castle reenactment group and one of the main organizers of the Saint Michael Brotherhood notes that such tournaments are a whole complex of events where fights are only one of the components:
Our tournaments are events designed to show how this was done in the 15th century. The fights themselves are only 15-20% of everything that happens during the event and do not make sense without other constituents. This is not a sport of achievements, but leisure, where it is important to behave and demonstrate your historical knowledge as a reenactor.
Sergey Myasishchev and other representatives of the HMBIA are now setting themselves the task of creating rules that, on the one hand, would preserve the specifics of this direction, and on the other, would lead the full plate armour foot tournaments to a full-fledged competitive HMB discipline. However, despite the fact that the mission is not the easiest, the head of the Marshal Committee is sure that there are no unsolvable tasks – this is only the beginning…
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