Is that Game of Thrones? Nope It’s Battle of the Nations and It’s Gutsier

Okay this appears a tad violent in parts but it’s not called “medieval full contact” for nothing.

Each year over 20 teams come from around the world to participate in “Battle of the Nations” and it’s pretty brutal (but also very social).

It requires suiting up like a knight of old and then whacking your opponents with an medieval weapon as much as you can for two minutes.

If you don’t have the strength, endurance and the grit required you’ll come off second best.

But is there more to medieval full contact than just bashing your opponent into submission?

In this report from Vice, one French participant said for him medieval full contact is a way of remembering when France once was the cradle of chivalry.

“We think what France used to be and what we consider a time of glory that we can only remember today and we would like for it to be that way again,” said the Frenchman.

“Do you think values have declined since the Middle Ages?” asked the Vice reporter.

“I think that when you can see people can be beat up in front of an audience in the train and other places, if today we had nobility and knights that are ready to sacrifice themselves for values and duties, it wouldn’t happen”.

What do you think?

 

Action at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

Some knock ’em down action action at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

 

A knight at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

A knight at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

Action at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

It can get pretty rough and tumble during a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

Just before an event at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

Just before an event at a Battle of the Nations tournament. (Courtesy of Battle of the Nations Facebook page)

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