While we’re waiting for the first tournament (Blademasters Cup) of the Irish Historical Fencing League (IHFL) we might take a closer look at our older brother: Nordic Historical Fencing League (NHFL) and it’s tournaments. They have already started the season with Helsinki Longsword Open 2017!
In Men’s division Dennis Ljungqvist (KuHFS, Sweden) have taken well deserved gold over Kristian Ruokonen (EHMS, Finland) who took silver. It was a great fight to watch between two fighters who represents very mature and technical approach. Dennis won flawlessly without giving his opponent almost any openings at all while constantly controlling the distance. Third place match was between Andrey Muzurin (Tramazzone, Russia) and Håvard Eidheim (FKFD, Norway) who won the bronze medal in a great style over Andrey Muzurin who represents very fast sport fencing style. It was another beautiful fight where two different styles of fencing clashed together and Håvard won by opposing speed with excellent technique! Congratulations to all! Well deserved!
In Women’s division Michela D’orlando (Waterloo Sparring Group, UK) won well deserved gold over Majken Roelfszema (MARS, The Netherlands), it was a close fight but Michela performance was very strong – she won most of the fights in clinch and score several good cuts from the High Vom Tag position (with perfect body mechanics). In a fight for a bronze match Sara Vertanen (EHMS, Finland) beat Hanna Kallio (EHMS, Finland) and won a bronze medal. Congratulations!
Personally, i’m very happy to see that historical fencing has reached such a mature level so let’s set this as a trend for the whole 2017 both in NHFL tournaments as well as IHFL ones! Now, let’s just watch the fights: