Battle of the Nations

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  1. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke
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    Battle of the Nations is a European martial arts tournament where combatants use swords, pole axes, maces, and armor in team competition. Tournament Productions is a group of people I've been associated with over the years and they are now into BotN. Here's a regional final between the Russian and French 4on4 teams. Yes, those are real steel swords and maces, and the armor weighs about 75 pounds:

    [video=youtube;QLDpVCw3P78]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=QLDpVCw3P78[/video]
     
  2. Grunwald

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    The French actually won?
     
  3. ZigZagZeke

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    No, the french were in blue.
     
  4. Chalupacabra

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    Anyone ever get seriously hurt? Any edges on the blades?
    Btw, :15...Owned
     
  5. ZigZagZeke

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    I have heard that they had one spinal injury last year. Our bunch has been doing this kind of thing one-on-one for many years and we've had broken noses and fingers. I think we had a broken arm once, but nothing serious. There was a guy who tried to demonstrate that he could do a somersault in full armor, but he forgot to take off his spurs. He wasn't sitting down for a while.

    The edges are tapered, but not sharp. We do have to punch the dents out of the helmets between bouts.
     

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