What is Medieval Combat?

Historical Medieval Battles (HMB) or Buhurt (from Old French béhourd: "wallop") or Armored Combat is a modern full contact fighting sport with steel blunt weapons characteristic for the Middle Ages. Armour and weapons have to follow regulations on historical authenticity and safety published on official Battle of the Nations website.

Fighters are covered in full modern produced protective armour, made from steel (or other metal alloy if permitted)[6] made to aesthetically be as close to their historical counterparts as possible. Hits and blows may be aimed at any parts of the body (with the limitations set in the regulations); both wrestling and percussive techniques are permitted.

Unlike staged battles, that can be seen at festivals of historical reenactment of the Middle Ages the competitions in buhurt are the full contact sporting events that are refereed by the referees called knight marshals who have special training and combat experience.[

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FIGHTERS

In HMB sport only the authentically accurate replicas of armor are allowed to be used. The armor elements must also relate to a certain region and time period. As a result, HMB fighters look exactly as the knights from the historical chronicles, wear the shields of the same shape and use the same kinds of weapons. Majority of the HMB fighters use the Eu-ropean armor complexes of the 14th century, like the one on the picture above. Armor of this historical and geographical period provides the best protection and mobility for a foot combat and also ensures the required level of safety. However, there are many fighters who use Eastern and Asian armor kits relatively of the same historical period as they have their own features and advantages. Modern replicas of armor elements and weapons are produced by numerous artisans and blacksmiths that can be found all across the world. HMB sport is now available for everyone and becomes more and more popular every year.

HMBIA
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Buhurt League

Details on HMB Buhurt League, Points Accumulation, Teams, Equipment

Authenticity

In HMB sport only the authentically accurate replicas of armor are allowed to be used. The armor elements must also relate to a certain region and time period. As a result, HMB fighters look exactly as the knights from the historical chronicles, wear the shields of the same shape and use the same kinds of weapons. Majority of the HMB fighters use the Eu-ropean armor complexes of the 14th century, like the one on the picture above. Armor of this historical and geographical period provides the best protection and mobility for a foot combat and also ensures the required level of safety. However, there are many fighters who use Eastern and Asian armor kits relatively of the same historical period as they have their own features and advantages. Modern replicas of armor elements and weapons are produced by numerous artisans and blacksmiths that can be found all across the world. HMB sport is now available for everyone and becomes more and more popular every year.