The Chinese national Historical Medieval Battles team have been practising battles wearing traditional native armour, like that of the Ming Dynasty.
The armour, which replicates the protection worn by Chinese soldiers during the period of 1368–1644 , allows for more flexibility and agility compared to the heavier armour worn by European and American participants, who dress as knights.
Team manager Gao Peng said that they searched for information about Chinese armour and they had to update the function for flexibility while maintaining strong protection. Team captain Cao Yingke and Xu Guoji constructed the armour.
The Chinese team, who first competed in HMB in April this year at the Battle of the Nations held in Barcelona, are excited to compete in more international battles using the new armour.
Historical Medieval Battles was devised as a sport in Russia during the late 1990s. It is a competitive form of battle reenactment, but it's not for the feint hearted. It is a brutal, unconstrained violence, but with a referee and blunt weapons. The only nations to compete in the first Battle of the Nations in 2009 were Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland.
The United Kingdom's national team made their debut on the international stage of HMB at the 2013 Battle of the Nations, alongside 21 other teams from Europe, the Americas and the Pacific rim.
Founders of the sport Russia came away from the most recent Battle of the Nations top of the medal table, boasting an impressive 11 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals. In second place, but quite far behind were Ukraine, with only 2 gold medals, 1 silver and 3 bronze.
In next year's tournament, China will be hoping to cause an upset with their new armour giving them an edge over over nations.
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