• Denis Medvedev


How does “HMB-soft” compare favorably with other sports sections and why parents are increasingly choosing the path of the shield and sword for their children (as yet soft shield and sword).

Sooner or later, the time comes in a happy parenthood, when the question arises with an edge: “In what kind of sport do they send their favorite child ?!”. Most sections gain active fidgets from the age of 6, but “HMB-soft” offers classes for children from 4 years old! Even at such a tender age, juniors already have personal and team competitions with the separation of participants in age groups, as well as in male and female categories. And dear Mums and Dads (and specially Grannies), please do not hesitate to see the name “sword”. Because this sports equipment doesn’t harm to either the attacker or the defender. Impacts are suppressed by a soft material, the ligaments are not loaded under the influence of the weight of the armor.

Before giving the child to harsh trainers, the right parents will try out absolutely everything from them! Today we decided to do this work for them and talk with Ali Askerov – who is HMB-soft coordinator in Russia and trainer.

- For many years you have been engaged in trainer’s activity. So, since what age can we send children to classes? And how can we understand the result?

Children can be given to classes at the age at which they could become interested in this activity. In our gyms in St. Petersburg we recruit groups from 4 years old.

At this age, it is impossible to identify a competitive result, and the success of sportsmen is assessed by qualification tests: defeat of a fixed target in sectors, movement in a stance, etc. As a trainer, I assess first of all the development of coordination and the reaction speed of sportsmen from the moment of studying starts and throughout the training season.

The fact is that children change very physically, they grow, gain or lose weight, etc. This process is very difficult to predict, so focusing on strength or speed in working with children is inappropriate.

Thus, our methods are based on the development in a child of those qualities that are not subject to such abrupt age-related changes: coordination of movements, speed of reaction, formulation of the technique of movement of attacking and defensive actions, the ability to make decisions and bear responsibility for them - i.e. the base without which a good fencer is impossible.


– How much time usually passes from the first lesson to the first competition or to the first victory?

First victories are a very difficult question, it all depends on the moral qualities of the sportsmen. The fact is that any competition is an extreme situation for a child. Of course, it is safe and controlled by the organizers, but for sportsmen this does not change the essence of the problem. Lot of children are nervous at the school control tests to the knees trembling, but here is the situation when they will not be only evaluated, but also somebody will beat them! Lot of persons are not immediately able to understand the situation, turn one's mind, and, despite the successes during the training, they get lost and make mistakes. In general, it all depends primarily on the guys themselves.

In St. Petersburg, we have special tournaments for beginners of the first year of training (Heirs of Traditions, Alexander Nevsky Cup) so that sportsmen can get used to and gain experience in participating in tournaments.


- Perhaps one of the most important questions: how do you manage to get children so interested? In training, everyone is passionate about the process and happily completing tasks - it's just something fantastic! Every parent probably knows how difficult it is to make a child or teenager concentrate on something. What is your secret?

I think every trainer will say that there is no secret :) This is a job that needs to be done, and to do well. Children like to play, and I think that the gaming component is very important, so I try to include several useful games in the training program.

–By the way, lot of quite adult people are also seriously passionate about this sport. What key points in teaching children and adults can be highlighted?

Full contact, an understandable system of rules, the safety of fighters, the possibility of team competitions. The difference in preparation for the wrestling in adults and its absence in children, probably. And, of course, the fact that children often understand and grasp everything much faster than adults.

– And if you look globally: how many countries around the world are already involved in this sport? And ,by the way, where will be the next World Championship in HMB-soft?

This is a very voluminous question =) Well, let's understand: it seems to me impossible to say that there are countries, which are not familiar with imitation fencing remain in the HMB movement (HMB - historical medieval battle: ed.).

However, not everyone is familiar with HMB-soft as a discipline, a set of techniques and a huge experience in setting up a fencing base for HMB. At this stage, we are actively cooperating with 17 countries - among them Germany, Poland, France, Serbia, Latvia, Argentina, etc. We are very glad to all countries that want to develop HMB-soft, and we try our best to support them, we conduct seminars and master classes for them, we help with the organization of tournaments and other things.

This year the HMB-soft World Cup among schools and clubs will again be held in Riga on 7- 8 of December , 2019.

This year we have three innovations at the tournament:

1 - We open to participation the age group of 10-11 years

2 - the tournament will be held in 2 days

3 - on the second day 5x5 team competitions will be held

So we are waiting and we invite all clubs and Schools involved in fencing with a shield and a sword to Riga, as they say, to show themselves and people to see!

– And what about HMB-soft in Russia? Could you please name the most significant tournaments of this year.

HMB-soft tournaments in Russia are held by the Sports Sword Federation. Everything goes in strict accordance with the regulations. Without a doubt, there are a number of tournaments that attract the largest number of sportsmen: such significant events as the Dynamo Cup, Recon, Sword of Russia are gathered by more than 300 participating sportsmen who want to fight for the right to stand on the victory podium. Announcements of all events can be seen on the portals Courage of Ages, FSM, and HMB-soft. There you can find registration links for participants. At the beginning of the season, a summary grid of all tournaments in Russia and other countries will be posted.

- Which cities clubs now occupy leading positions in training children and juniors in Russia? Who takes gold at competitions more often?

Karelia, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Moscow and the Moscow region.

- How do you think, does HMB-soft serve as a link between the younger generation of young fighters and the iron world of HMB? After all, there is whole generation of fast, sharp and talented guys, who had already grown up from the soft nominations, who began to try on armor more and more often.

The continuity that we show and the results of our fighters speak for themselves!

In general, dear parents, if you are already successful HMB fighters, we won’t explain anything to you, your children are already participating in soft weapons tournaments. If you are far from the world of HMB and just somewhere you heard the phrase “HMB-soft” - without hesitation, take your treasure there! Direct his irrepressible energy into the channel of the harsh romance of the Middle Ages and chivalry!

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