The last weekend of October 2019 will see the greatest medieval steel combat tournament ever to be held in Australia. This is a tournament that will decide the Australian Buhurt Championships, with every Australian team vying for the right to claim first place.
The New England town of Uralla will host the Thunderbolt Cup, a full steel armour, full steel weapons, full no-holds-barred medieval combat competition. For the first time, every Australian team will gather at the one event to put their skills to the test.
In addition, the famed Steel Blacks team from New Zealand will also cross the ditch to join the event.
Disciplines include sword and shield, sword and buckler, longsword, and pole axe. These single duel events are time and points-based. Each fighter has points counted towards the number of clean, solid strikes against their opponent.
Buhurt, or group fights, will see 5 v 5 or 10 v 10 teams enter the lists. The rules are simple. Whichever team has the most fighters left standing, wins. Punching, kicking, elbows, shield punches, axes, swords, falchions, halberds and more are all approved for use.
Profight is a stand out event. The same rules apply as Buhurt; however, it is a one on one timed combat round. This takes incredible fitness and strength from the fighters.
HMB (Historic Medieval Battle) is now in its tenth year world-wide. World titles have been held in Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and other places around the world. The rules for HMB dictate that the armour and weapons used must be authentic to the period. And the same can be held for the venues around the world: fortresses, citadels and castles of ancient medieval times.
So for Uralla to host this Australian event is a significant contribution to the region. The weekend will be captured by roaming video, drones and still cameras and live-streamed around the globe.
Teams from Victoria, WA, SA, NSW and Qld will be in attendance, including the host team, the New England region’s very own Renegades. The Renegades are a young team, full of fire and fitness. They are focused on duels events. Campaigning at the Winterfest tournament in Sydney in July, the Renegades returned with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in sword and shield, 1st place in polearm, and a 2nd and 3rd in sword and buckler.
The highlight of 2019 so far has been the amazing result from Max Lawler. Upon his debut at the IMCF world titles, held in Kiev, Ukraine, Max fought the world’s best in sword and shield and placed in the top eight.
With the inclusion of support staff, fighters, and marshals, it is expected that around 100 attendees directly involved in the event will all be in Uralla for the weekend of 25th – 27th October.
Add to this expected numbers of spectators to be over 1,000, under lights, with fireworks and soundtracks playing; the night will be one not to be missed.
The event will be held at the Uralla Bowls club 25th, 26th, 27th October. Catering on-site from Dales Downtown Meats, and drinks, coffee and soft drinks available the entire weekend.