Full Plate armour fights are just beginning to win their place in the lists of HMB tournaments in the USA. However, here HMB USA sees the huge potential of discipline in several areas of the organization’s work at once. HMBIA News asked Jake Schultz, member of the HMB USA board, HMB fighter on team Ordo Draconis, who is personally interested in Full Plate battles and wants to further develop it in the USA to tell our reporter about the perspectives of such discipline.
“I first found out about Full Plate after my friend and fellow HMB USA board member Brad Blackmon came back from REKON 2020 just before everything shut down. We’re excited to see how HMBIA incorporates this new category and think it could be a good way to bring more attention to the sport within the US.
We’re hoping that promoting Full Plate will introduce new blood into our community, both with fighters and spectators. From a marketing standpoint what’s not to love with this category. This is what people imagine when they hear about knights fighting in armor. But from the fighters’ perspective, I think it’s important to cater to a more diverse set of interests. Not everyone wants to be out there in a sport optimized kit. The full plate category is great for bringing more opportunities for a wider group of fighters”.
Also, according to Jake the new HMB USA board is dedicated to creating better opportunities for female fighters of the country, and they think that women will be interested in the Full Plate armor battles.
“Right now we’re really in the preliminary stages. There are a few fighters in the US already involved in full plate, so we’ll definitely be reaching out to them. We’ll also continue to follow how HMBIA incorporates the category and keep a close eye on how things go at BotN”, noted Jake.
Jake Schultz is planning to go to BotN 2021 in Romania and use this opportunity for dipper dive in the Full Plate battles and find out more about the kit to practice it:
“I’m still deciding what kit exactly I need, it’s kind of counterintuitive to me. I’m a runner in my team and have spent the last few years making my kit as small and light as possible. I’m hoping to get a better idea by asking around while I’m in Romania as I think that my next kit will be a Full Plate kit. Also, I’d love to make the trip out to Saints-Petersburg to visit the festival of the military historical movement REKON in the future.
HMBIA News editorial office wishes success to HMB USA in all these initiatives in the HMB sport development, and we can’t wait to meet Jake Schultz and the whole HMB USA team at the BotN lists in Romania next year.