2020: new year’s duelling!

Siberian foothold 2020 this year was held in an unusual format – the tournament consisted only of duels. On January, 5 fencers from Siberia and the Urals arrived in Novosibirsk (Russia). About 20 HMB athletes fought here for the gold. The event received international status – HMB athletes from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan came to compete with their Russian colleagues.


HMBIA News asked Anastasia Pankova why the tournament changed its format and whether it was a temporary change or not.


“This year it was decided to make the Siberian foothold in the format of duel nominations, due to the small number of such events during the year in our region. The main task for the athlete here is to show the accuracy of the blow, speed, endurance, hoping only on their own strength”.


In addition, Anastasia noted that this year the organizing committee of the tournament provided another experiment in the framework of the tournament – the event was a sports event only. There was no fair or show between fights:

“We decided to try a format where all the attention of the audience will be directed towards the lists without distraction to other locations. This was done to “immerse” the audience in sports and promote HMB into the masses”.

Both male and female fencers participated in the tournament. The fighters gave positive reviews on the tournament; it was quick, clear and harmonious. At the same time, it was comfortable for both fighters and spectators.

The Siberian foothold ended with the following results:


“Sword and Shield” men:

1st place: Vegriyanov Aleksey, “Steel Fist” club

2nd place: Klokov Dmitry, “Steel Fist” club

3rd place: Romanov Artem, “Steel Fist” club

“Sword and Buckler” men:

1st place: Savkin Fedor, “Steel Fist” club 

2nd place: Mazurenko Sergey, “Steel Fist” club 

3rd place: Olenikov Roman, “Steel Fist” club


“Longsword” men:

1st place: Vladimir Kuvshinov, without a club

2 place: Sergey Mazurenko, Steel Fist club 

3rd place Chui Alexander, HMB club “Garda”

“Sword and Shield” women:

1st place: Anistratova Anastasia, HMB club “Garda”

2nd place: Cherkasova Elena, “Steel Fist” club 

3rd place: Zhelonkina Evgeniya, HMB club “Garda”

Yellow cards:

Chui Alexander for a blow under the knee and Artem Romanov for a blow to the foot.


According to the tournament organizers, “Sword and Shield” can be considered as the most popular nomination. In total, 18 athletes took part in this nomination.


We asked if the Siberian foothold will remain an exclusively duel tournament. Anastasia:

“I think that there will be purely dueling, buhurt and mixed events. We will do as many tournaments as we can!”


We would like to congratulate the winners of the Siberian foothold and thank the tournament organizing team for the work that was done and for the promotion of the duel nominations and HMB sports in the region.


Photos by Vera Kuksa

HMBIA General Assembly 2019

HMBIA General Assembly 2019 in Riga has come to an end. It was a busy day, full of work, reports, important decisions and discussions. Each participant thoroughly approached the preparation for the event. The participants came to an agreement regarding all questions raised. So there are a lot of important aspects …

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Copa São Paulo de Combates Medievai

It was a massive fighting day during the Copa São Paulo de Combates Medievai with such categories as Longsword, Sword and Shield for male and female, Profights and 5 vs 5.

Brasil Trading Fitness Fair welcomed HMBIA

In the heart of the biggest city in Latin America everything is possible. Brasil Trading Fitness Fair, one of the most important sports and fitness fair in the continent, representative of Joe Weider’s Olympia, hosted Historical Medieval Battles as well.In the last edition, more than 50,000 visitors were passionate about the fitness and wellness market that could count on networking lectures and many business opportunities. It’s about different sports and the HMBIA stand was something new and fresh! The interest of the audience was high and this gave the new opportunities for the further development of the sport in South America. Around 600m² were filled by the first wooden lists in South America and endorsers of the project Arena Medieval, that presented 3 days with plenty of fights in duels, buhurt, profights, HMB Soft and also female duels.

Brazilian HMB community is growing and reaching the spotlights in America. Amount of fighters has increased, teams registered in Buhurt League and the tournament were visited by honorable members of HMBIA, as Sergey Myasishchev, the head of the HMBIA Marshal Committee, Ali Askerov, curator of HMB Soft Russia, and Irina Kamaeva, HMBIA representative .

Close to the lists, an HMBIA booth presented the sport to visitors, with a monitor where the audience could see for the very first time the atmosphere of Battle of the Nations previous editions.

On friday, Brazilian fighters could participate in Buhurt, HMB Soft and marshal seminars, learning important techniques and knowledge from the experienced Al and Sergey.


At night, the first HMB Soft tournament in Brazil took place and title was held by Silver Sword Company new sensation, Ernesto Sampaio, 15 years old. Matheus Franco and João Lobo was the second and third in that nomination, all from the same team.

“Can´t wait for the opportunity to visit Riga World Championship someday and learn from the best”, – says Ernesto, that already carries the will to cross the world just to fight.

Saturday had duels nominations and Buhurt. Here are results of these fights:

Sword and Shield

  1. Fábio Charming
    2. Guilherme Bovo
    3. Gabriel MalentachiSword and Buckler

1. Fábio Charming Toniolo
2. Matheus “Viking”
3. Gabriel Malentachi


  1. Fábio Toniolo
    2. Matheus Viking
    3.Guilherme Bovo

5 vs 5 male

1. Silver Guard
2. Red Company
3. War Wolves
4. Fire Gryphon

Аfter that, a HEMA national tournament was fought by around 14 fighters in longsword nomination. Ali Askerov joined brazilians and got first place, after a hard fight against Felipe Barreto, from Salvador, and Victor Soares, from Paraná, member of the Order of the Fire Gryphon.

Next, the Profight:

Vítor Fermiano – New Order
Ruan Estelai – War Wolves

Middle Weight

Leandro Souza – Silver Sword
Benjamin Rudder – War Wolves


João Zerbinatti – red company
Arlindo Turbian – red company

Superheavy weight

Marcos Ferrari – Silver Sword
Renato Malva – War Wolves

“HMB is inspiring and is becoming popular in Brazil. Profights for me are duels with some Buhurt, a place where the braves find peace. And I found mine as well”, – says Marcos Ferrari.

The day was not over. It was also time for female duels, when 5 girls fought Sword and Shield nominations:

Sword and Shield female:

  1. Natacha Karoline, Red Company
    2. Helo Gusmao, Red Company
    3. Izabela Lopes, Silver Sword Company


At last and yet important, this tournament also could see the rise of two new bees for marshal team. Julia Soares and Adriana di Cesare, trainees working with Daniel Felipe, HMBIA Marshal, made a good impression to Mr. Myasishchev in Argentina and Brazil, getting their certificate in their own land. HMB community welcome you.

“These ladies are awesome and hardworking. I have much to learn from them and to share with them. New marshals mean HMB is becoming serious in Brazil and being part of it is an honor”, – says Daniel Felipe.

And this is it. South America is raising. It will take time, but with that basis and more training interchanges, these fighters will soon fight for titles around the world.