Buhurt is a full contact medieval fighting sport. From a modern perspective, we could call it "MMA with swords".
Reenactment is not the objective, but by promoting full contact and intense team based competitive combats, Buhurt tends to reach a different vision of reenactment.
The modernized sport Buhurt is a free interpretation of medieval buhurts, a format of the competition that happened before or in parallel of the well known jousting tournaments. To get more information
The armour the fighter wears follow a relatively strict set of rules to ensure the full kit of one fighter is accurate to a specific warrior from a region at a specific time. The fighting techniques, however, are free from any historical constraint.
For modern safety and other reasons, the rules are also different from what they used to be.
- In group fight, the objective is to put the enemy on the ground.
- In duels, the fight is point based.
Rules are pretty basics and limited to minimal safety rules, the most impactful one being: no thrust allowed
There are as many strategies as teams out there, but often some specific roles stands out:
- Tank: with heavy armour and stong stance, (s)he blocks multiple enemies.
- Damage Dealer: hitting people with typically a long poleaxe, (s)he also need a good armour.
- Runner: Light fighters can run fast to surprise the opponents and hit hard.