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XII PÄRNU HANSEATIC DAYS KNIGHT TOURNAMENT 2017
On Saturday, July 1, in Pärnu, Estonia
XII Pärnu Hanseatic Days Knight Tournament was held on 2017 AD. Despite the weather and smaller number of participants than usual, the event turned out fine.
The highlight of the event turned out to be the Iron League welterweight match between Maksim Sidnev a.k.a. Skeggolf (Valhalla, Tallinn, 60 kg) and Tommi Havo (Medieval Fight Club, Lappeenranta, 65 kg). The fighters of such body weight have trouble finding opponents of their own weight category, so, Tommi Havo, who had not participated in Iron League before, traveled to Estonia specifically for this match. The fighters were both fast and high-octane, not showing any signs of the usual heavyweight hugging fest. After the third round the difference in the points was smaller than the difference in the corner judges’ scores – and a fourth round was deemed to be the most fitting course to break the near-tie. After that round the score was still even. After the fifth round the victory was given to Skeggolf, but the result was changed favoring Tommi after waching over the video recordings. However, for all effects and purposes, both fighters were equally matched. It was the first time in history that an Iron League match has ever reached a fifth round.
The second match was held between the overall Iron League rating leader Jaan Murumets a.k.a. Barbar (Turm, Tartu, 83 kg) and Julian Rizov (Komturia, Riga, 84 kg). However, Barbar decided to “warm up” to the fight by participating in the sword and shield tournament preceding the Iron League match – and as such, the match ended with his utter defeat, the point score 47:18 favoring the Latvian. That said, Barbar won the first place in the duels and was awarded with a sword made in Ukraine.
Image: Anastassia Sinkova
Head Marshal: Raivo Ird
Commentator: Karmo Kiilmann
Counters: Alla Tarnovskaja, Marija Poprošalova, Ingmar Ird, Aleksei Sosnovski
Video: Gleb Stsenov and club Valhalla
On September 5, a full contact medieval fighting tournament “Saula 2015” was held in the Viking Village, Estonia, hosting 14 fighters from Estonia, Finland and France. The tournament was organized by the Estonian Historical Fencing Association and Viking Village. The event was marshaled by Raivo Ird, an internationally HMBIA-certified marshal.
Video on Estonian national public television ETV.
In the HMB buhurt 5vs5 category, the team Visitors (Est/Fin/Fra) met the team Estonia-1 (Karu Klubi, Turm). The team Estonia-1 also represented Estonia in the IMCF World Championships held in Malbork and in Battle of the Nations held in Prague this year. The match was won by the team Visitors with the final score of 2:0.
Three teams participated in the HMB buhurt 3vs3 category, with each of them amassing a single victory. As such, the final winner was determined by the largest number of round victories and score points. The winner in the 3vs3 category was FinFra. Karu Klubi (Narva) took the second place, while the joint-team of clubs Turm (Tartu) and Soldknechte (Tallinn) came third.
The winner in the duel with sword and shield category was Jaan Murumets aka Barbar from club Turm (Tartu). Maksim Sidnev aka Skeggolf from club Valhalla (Tallinn) took the second place. Jaan Murumets also represented Estonia in the the IMCF World Championships held in Malbork this year, where he won a bronze medal in the same category.
On 27 June 2015, during the X Pärnu Hanseatic Days Knight Tournament, Daniil Larsen a.k.a. Lars (Karu klubi, Narva) defeated Jaan Murumets a.k.a. Barbar in an Iron League profight match with the final score of 47:30. Murumets was the Iron League profight champion in the season of 2014. In the second Iron League profight match, Artur Kreivald a.k.a. Svein (Soldknechte, Tallinn), the runner up in the previous season of Iron League, defeated Ilja Sinkievitš (Karu Klubi, Narva) with a technical knockout.
The winner in the duel with sword and shield category was Toomas Kalja (Turm, Tartu). Aleksei Sosnovski (Valhalla, Tallinn) took the second place, while Maksim Sidnev a.k.a. Skeggolf (Valhalla, Tallinn) came in third.
In the buhurt 3vs3 category, team Karu Klubi (Narva) met team Sõdalaste Koda (Soldknechte, Turm, Rampant Unicorns HMB). The match was won by Karu Klubi with the final score of 2:0.
The championship in Pärnu hosted 15 fighters from Estonia and Scotland. The participating clubs were Karu Klubi (Narva), Rampant Unicorns HMB (Edinburgh), Soldknechte (Tallinn), Turm (Tartu) and Valhalla (Tallinn).
On 28 March 2015, the Estonian Historical Fencing Association organized the first open Estonian Medieval Fighting Championship, which was held in Viljandi. The championship hosted 28 fighters from Estonia, Latvia and Israel.
HMB Buhurt 5vs5:
1. Lübeck (LV/ISR)
2. Sõdalaste Koda (EST)
3. Nordburg (EST)
HMB Duel 1vs1:
1. Vladimir Maksimenko (Lübeck, LV)
2. Jaan Murumets (Turm, EST)
3. Dmitriy Larionov (Soldknechte, EST)
Based on the championship results, the 2015 Estonian National Team was formed. Buhurt 5vs5 team Sõdalaste Koda (clubs Karu Klubi, Turm, Soldknechte, captain Ivan Gremov) became Team ESTONIA 1 and Buhurt 5vs5 team Nordburg (club Nordburg, captain Nikolai Bõkov) became Team ESTONIA 2. Duellist Jaan Murumets became Estonia’s Fighter no.1 in the Duel 1vs1 category.
The full-contact medieval fighting team of Estonian Historical Fencing Association in action.
Photos from season 2014 include: Estonian Medieval Fighting Iron League profights in Saula, Pärnu and Tartu, Battle of the Nations 2014, HMB tournament Saula 2014.
Photos by: Ahto Sooaru, Aleksandr Kalošin, Battle of the Nations, Danel Rinaldo, Eero Vabamägi, Inga Gussarova, Karl Hendrik Henno, Maarja Puistaja, Margit Kaur, Olev Luik, Petro Tsigura.