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The international summit of the participants of the project “Battle of the Nations” took place in Kiev


 

 

 

The international summit of the participants of the project “Battle of the Nations” took place in Kiev
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On December, 10-11 2010 the second international summit of the participants of the project “Battle of the Nations” took place in Kiev. Battle of the Nations® is the international project which includes the most significant events on historical medieval battles all over the world, in particular, large-scale and spectacular historical festivals.
In Ukraine the festival “Battle of the Nations” was held for the first time in 2010 in Khotyn Fortress (Chernovtsy region).  The colourful event, which included mass full-contact battles between the world National teams on historical medieval battles, has aroused a great interest and attracted lots of tourists.
The representatives of the organizational committee and the captains of the National Teams of the countries-participants among which there were Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland took part in the second international summit. The representatives of the countries which have recently joined the project and which are preparing to take part in the next festival “Battle of the Nations” – Lithuania, France, the USA, Italy, Canada (Quebec) – have come to the summit as well.
The participants of the summit have demonstrated a number of presentations, exhibition battles and also have discussed a number of questions related to the organization and improvement of the festival “Battle of the Nations-2011” in Khotyn. The active preparation to this event has been already started.
During the summit the creation of “The World Association of historical re-enactors of the Middle Ages” has been announced. “The association will be engaged in the questions related to historical re-enactment in general and historical medieval battles in particular as well as the promotion of historical medieval battles as a new world sport. The association will make the world ratings of the fighters, the clubs and, in particular, the individual ratings of the fighters who practise historical medieval battles. Besides, the organization is planning to organize different events regarding historical medieval battles just as it’s done in the organizations UEFA and NHL, but in our new kind of sport”, – told Anton Trubnikov, the captain of the National Team of Ukraine on historical medieval battles.
The presentation and acceptance of the common international rules on historical medieval battles also have taken part within the summit. Such rules will simplify the creation of international ratings which actually reflect the preparation level of a National Team, a club, a fighter. Besides, during the summit there was a conference which has been attended by the representatives of the National Teams of the project “Battle of the Nations” who are planning to participate in the next festival of the project in 2011.
In the course of the conference the captain of the National Team of Canada (Quebec) Serge Lavigueur mentioned that the tradition of historical medieval battles exists in Quebec for a long time, and the current summit for him is an important opportunity to establish the communication with the representatives of the other countries which practise historical medieval battles. The captain of the National Team of Italy Aimone di Nimes said that the tryout tournament among Italian fighters is being currently held so that they can represent their country in the project “Battle of the Nations” with dignity. “We’d like to get as much valuable experience in the battles of this project as possible”, – he added.

Edouard Eme, the captain of the National Team of France, designated the project “Battle of the Nations” as the highest level of the festivals of a medieval battle. “For me it’s particularly important to represent France with dignity on the festivals of the project as France takes not the last place on historical medieval battles in the world”, – he underlined thereupon.
The representative of the movement of Historical Re-enactment of the Middle Ages from the USA James Etherton noted that “Battle of the Nations” is a brand-new project for his country. Therefore the trainings of the fighters within the creation of the National Team on historical medieval battles started in the USA not so long ago, but they are in full swing so that the representatives of the USA can participate in the next festival of the project in Ukraine in 2011.
Karolis Jankauskas, the captain of the National Team of Lithuania, underlined that the next year his country put forward their own National Team for the competitions, unlike the competitions of 2010 during which there was the united Team of Poland and Lithuania.
The captain of the National Team of Poland Hubert Filipiak expressed his gratitude to the countries which have joined the project “Battle of the Nations”. “I’m glad to have a chance to get acquainted with their fighting style, communication style within this summit. I hope that within the project “Battle of the Nations” we can prove that the Polish knights are among the best”, – mentioned Hubert Filipiak.
The representative of the National Team of Republic of Belarus Eugene Baranov informed the summit participants about the fact that the National Team of Belarus on historical medieval battles was formed at the beginning of 2010 to participate in the international project “Battle of the Nations” and during the currant year it was taking part in eight tournaments. “We are planning to improve the preparation inside the National Team next year and we hope to achieve higher results in the project “Battle of the Nations-2011”, – added E. Baranov.
The captain of the National Team of Russia on historical medieval battles Igor Demidov mentioned in his turn that the project “Battle of the Nations” is compared favourably with many similar festivals as it not only represents the pick of the world movement of Historical Re-enactment of the Middle Ages but also is public-oriented. “The next festival will be not just a spectacle. I’m sure that the organizers will make every effort in order to organize a good attraction for tourists which will plunge people into medieval atmosphere”, – he concluded.
The historical festivals where one practises historical medieval battles are popular all over the world. Anton Trubnikov underlined that such events revive the interest to history, promote actively the development of the tourist potential of a country and a region, cultural exchange between the nations and, what is more, get the youth involved in sports and active lifestyle. As the project “Battle of the Nations”, according to A. Trubnikov’s words, is interesting not only for the participants-sportsmen but also for the fans: National Teams compete on the lists of “Battle of the Nations” that’s why it’s easy for the fans to orient – who they need to support during the battle. A sport excitement is also roused with the clearness of the rules and the fixed numbers of the team participants while the battle: either one versus one or five versus five, or twenty one versus twenty one.
Due to the high level of the organization and festival participants’ professionalism the international project “Battle of the Nations” attracts more and more attention, and the number of the counties-participants grows. In whole, the festival “Battle of the Nations” facilitates the reinforcement of the image of Ukraine in Europe and in the world, enhances the tourist attractiveness of our country.
Reference
•    Historical medieval battles (HMB) – a kind of sport fighting with the usage of offensive and protective arms of the Middle Ages which is specially done and adapted for a full-contact battle. These battles are held in a full contact and with various tactical circumstances, with different number of participants and the condition of the victory. The notion HMB includes all the varieties of a force fighting with the usage of the items of historical re-enactment of the Middle Ages: historical fencing, buhgurts, melee, small group battles, etc.

More information, photo, video, contacts are on the site  http://www.battleofthenations.com.ua

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  1. Bystander
    December 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    It looks so offical. I have a badd feeling 🙂 I mean nothing that goverment in easterт erope does ends well. 😉

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