Marshal workshop: HMB and Modern Communications

“I think the most important thing is the fact that we managed to conduct an almost complete seminar remotely. Of course, this cannot replace live communication, but it makes it possible..."

A ZOOM seminar for marshals and trainees headed by the head of the HMBIA Marshal Committee, Sergey Myasishchev, was held in Australia and New Zealand. On July 10, 2020, in the format of an online discussion, the participants analyzed the order of work of marshals in tournaments, the interaction between marshals and fighters, and had an in-depth analysis of refereeing in mass categories.

Sergey Myasishchev explained how to build the entire cycle of the marshal brigade, starting from the work of knight marshals and their functions, line and field marshals, the placement on the field, difficult moments in communicating with the fighters and aspects of the HMB rules. The workshop lasted 3 hours, and during this time, despite the late time for the region (8-11 pm in Australia, 10 pm – 1 am in New Zealand), about 15 people took part.

“I think the most important thing is the fact that we managed to conduct an almost complete seminar remotely. Of course, this cannot replace live communication, but it makes it possible to work with the most geographically remote regions of our HMB community. This is definitely a step forward. The seminar was held in the format ‘lecture part – questions/answers, then another part of the lecture and again a dialogue with the participants’. The chosen format proved to be the most convenient and useful”, said Sergei Myasishchev.

The participants and co-organizers of the seminar were also pleased with the results of the joint work. According to Anna Gubinskaya, the co-organizer of the seminar from New Zealand, the marshals and trainees of the region were able to learn a lot of new from the lectures, which will definitely come in handy in the marshal’s practice at local and international tournaments:

“The material of the seminar was very informative and based on direct experience of working at international competitions, especially at major HMB events such as Battle of the Nations and Buhurt League tournaments of Masters level. There is simply nowhere to get such experience in the Asia-Pacific region. For the first time, local marshals had the opportunity to personally communicate with the head of the HMBIA Marshal Committee. After each block of the lecture, there was a Q&A session, and local participants actively asked questions and shared the problems they faced in organizing tournaments”, she said.

Among the questions asked were aspects of interpretation of the HMB rules. For example, how to stop clinch, how a break is announced and how the fight is resumed, to what extent the marshal can intervene in the battle, and when his interaction with the fighters is already considered beyond his powers. There were many questions about red and yellow cards – when and under what conditions a decision to disqualify a fighter can be made.

In addition, there were questions about the organization of the tournament – how to work with a brigade of reduced composition, how to organize the withdrawal of fighters to the lists and all stages of technical verification.

The participants were also interested in the technical support of the tournament – how to record a video, how and when to work with a video replay, and whether it is possible to use additional technical means to facilitate the scoring during duel fights.

Based on the results of the workshop, we can single out the main problems faced by the representatives of the marshals in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, the main problem in the region is the understaffing of the brigades. In Australia and New Zealand, the number of marshals is still small, the brigades are forced to judge with cut-sized teams of 2-3 marshals in the lists for local competitions. It is generally difficult to recruit more than 5 people. In such conditions, it is impossible to talk about any substitutions, all judges work from the beginning of the tournament to the end.


“Due to the geographical remoteness of the region, many marshals do not have the opportunity to travel to Europe for certification (or do not have the opportunity to do it regularly) and to gain experience in marshalling at the world’s top tournaments.

There is a problem with the equipment of fighters from a technical and authentic point of view which causes great controversy among the marshals about the extent to which exceptions to the rules adopted by HMBIA are allowed, so that this does not endanger the existence of sports in the region as a whole”, said Anna Gubinskaya.

However, a very important point in conducting such an online seminar was

the opportunity to get acquainted with the local HMB community of people who are interested and engaged directly in the marshals’ work. It is nice to know that such a number of people regularly work to ensure that HMB sport develops in the region. They enter the lists, are responsible for the safety of fights and each fighter, and want to develop in this direction, look for an opportunity to pass certification within the region and on a global level.


The editorial staff of HMBIA News, in turn, would like to thank all the participants of the seminar for the productive work!


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