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Invitation to the World Cup!

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

*a recording of our team's training, which took place in international Czech-Slovak-German cooperation with the teams Bayard Germany and Legendary warriors

Dear friends, acquaintances, fans,

it is our great duty to inform you that our sports club MFC Česká korouhev will field two complete teams for mass 5vs5 battles at this year's long-awaited Buhurt League World Cup - the world championship tournament in medieval full-contact combat. Our fighters will face their rivals in the Pikarti and Pikarti 2 teams. The Buhurt League World Cup will take place as part of the program of the traditional medieval living history festival Battle of Libušín, from April 27 to April 30, 2023.

And not only that! Our fighters will participate in 12vs12 and 30vs30 mass battles as part of the Czech national team!

Our sports club is also duly proud that we can be part of the organizing team of the Battle of Libušín Living History and Medieval Festival, which hosts the Buhurt League World Cup.

Support our club and come to our beautiful festival, which is intended for both large and small audiences. Everyone will surely find something for themselves. In addition to the spectacular battle and BL World Cup tournament, you can also look forward to a rich accompanying program, in which we thought of even the smallest ones :)

Support our Pikart teams and come cheer us on!

Medieval contact combat?! What is it really about? Is this some old-new sport?

As the name suggests, it is a relatively young full-contact combat sport, based on medieval tournament battles, where teams from all over the world, including teams from Argentina, the USA, or even Japan, measure their strength between the shránky (fenced rink).

Fighters are dressed in full armor and armed with blunt steel weapons, which are manufactured according to historically documented materials, but unlike historical swordsmen dealing with the overall reconstruction of a certain period of the Middle Ages, HMB fighters are allowed, and even recommended, modern protective equipment, such as suspenders, protectors teeth, or spinal shield. In the same way, fighters not only use medieval fighting techniques, but often also use modern martial arts such as judo or classic boxing.

Unlike the fights you can see at various castles, town festivals and the like, these fights are full contact, unrehearsed and supervised by experienced referees who undergo special training every year.

The beginnings of the HMB go back to the late 90s of the 20th century, when parts of groups of historical fencers in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine separated and began to organize full contact tournaments, according to historical models. From these countries, this sport then spread further to Europe and then to the whole world. The HMB association was formed, tournaments began to be held, to which teams from abroad were invited, and in 2009, the first world championship in HMB was held in Ukraine under the name BOTN (Battle of the nations), which at the time was attended by only four countries, namely Russia , Ukraine, Belarus and Poland. Over 30 countries from all over the world took part in the Battle of Nations in 2015, held in Prague.

The HMB appeared in the republic a few years after the first Battle of the Nations was held. One of our fighters went to see the world championship held in Poland, came back full of enthusiasm and started organizing the first interested parties. A year later, we went to our first HMB tournament, which was held in Austria. It was a baptism of fire, where we found out that we are not at all prepared for this sport, both in terms of physique and equipment. After returning, however, we did not hang our heads, we began to train, improve and adapt armor and weapons in order to become full-fledged rivals to other teams from all over the world.

In 2013 we were still not enough to form several separate teams, but enough to participate in our first Battle of the Nations (BOTN) in France.

In 2014, there were already three teams operating in the Czech Republic, which we also deployed at the Battle of Nations 2014 in Trogir, Croatia, where the Czech national teams placed 17th and team and 19th out of a total of 74 teams.

In 2015, a total of 5 domestic teams were already registered with us, and we continue to grow.



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