Of course, fighting in armor attracts not only adults, but also children. Try to remember, who in his younger years did not imagine himself as a brave warrior! But what to do if you are way younger than 18 years old and your weight does not exceed the weight of a complete set of armor for Historical Medieval Battle sport?


HMB Soft is a new, unique form of training and competition, combining all the components inherent in any sport discipline. And at the same time, HMB Soft is an important part of the movement of Historical Medieval Battle.


HMB Soft is a martial art for young athletes who use safe (soft) equipment: a sword, a shield and, of course, armor. Just like the adults! The equipment for HMB Soft is mainly manufactured by authorized HMBIA partners and passes a multi-stage system of quality and compliance checks.


Children can be engaged in fencing with a shield and a sword according to the developed methods from the age of 6. For this age there are even special educational and game competitions, in which young athletes can earn their first medals.


The competitions according to the international HMB Soft rules begin for athletes reached the age of 10. Competitions are held separately in the male and female categories with the division of participants into the age groups of  10-11 years old, 12-13 years old, 14-15 years old and 16-17 years old.

The first HMB Soft tournament was held if Saint Petersburg (Russia). As early as next year 2015, a training camp for future knights was organized at the Battle of the Nations Championship in Prague (Czech Republic). The popularity of HMB Soft is growing every year, especially since the first International HMB Soft Tournament was held in 2017 in Prague (Czech Republic).


The Junior HMB Soft World Championship in 2018 held in Riga (Latvia) proved that this discipline acquires more and more popularity all over the World and the level of the athletes is growing exponentially. The 3rd Soft World Championship in 2019 gave young athletes a new category of 5 vs 5 group fights in the age groups of 10-11, 12-14 and 15-17 years. This is a team competition based on fencing and the teamwork of athletes.


HMBIA is ready to support those individuals and organizations who may be interested in opening HMB Soft school in their area. Full information and equipment package with the special training programs to acquire HMB Soft Trainer Certificate is available.

Niepokorni Orzesze: how the athletes and their mentors train and what plans they make

In Poland, HMB Soft is taken seriously as a sports discipline. The let`s find out about the seriousness of the approach to training a new generation of athletes together using the example of the Niepokorni Orzesze club from the city of Orzesze.

HMB Soft armor: how to choose the right kit

Every HMB Soft athlete should have the special equipment, and now we’d like to have a look at what exactly it should be, because safety in training our young athletes is our priority.

Tannenberg club: from armor made of fridge parts to the championship

In 2008 there was no HMB sport as we now know it, there was no club, no trainees, no championship, but there was a desire to fence. This is how the glorious history of the Tannenberg HMB club from Russia began, as told to HMBIA News by its founder and four-time HMB world champion, Aleksei… Continue reading Tannenberg club: from armor made of fridge parts to the championship

Guillaume ANDRIEUX, France: “We’re eagerly waiting for the next HMB Soft World Championship”

During the Championships there is always an atmosphere of friendship and support and French athletes are planning to take part in the HMB Soft World Championship in 2021.

Michael Tegge, Germany:  “We missed HMB Soft Championship”

The whole HMB world missed HMB Soft World Championship among schools and clubs. We organized a small marathon of memories to support our HMB Soft athletes, their trainers and families.

HMB Soft World Championship: what we really miss!

In 2020, the spread of Covid-19 made changes to our routine and the Championship did not take place due to safety reasons for its young participants, their relatives and coaches.

HMB Soft volunteers are doing great things!

Young HMB Soft athletes find time to visit animal shelters and help employees. The young people take food and medicine for the animals and go to the shelters. Kondopoga athletes started this tradition exactly 2 years ago.

The USA has a huge interest in HMB Soft

Participants of the HMB Soft workshop discussed the issues of building competent work in the promotion and development of the Soft discipline during the workshop.

Ukrainian HMB Soft and its successes

HMB Soft athletes from Ukraine are one of the most serious opponents for any competitor in this discipline around the world.

HMB Soft in Germany: work hard for victory!

HMB sport and its Soft discipline are quite popular in Germany. The TUS Warfleth HMB club chapter practice both directions of the sport.