Brisbane Beasts 2022

Are you ready to Battle with the beasts?

Our fighters train Monday & Wednesday Nights from 6 pm to 8 pm, and on Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm.  You'll find us in Screen Queensland Studios, Studio B, 45 Gosport Street, Hemmant QLD 4174.

When training please aim to be at the studio approximately 15 minutes before class starts to allow yourself time to get changed and ready to battle!

We want you to experience this amazing sport, so your first session is free, then our club membership plan is
 $20 per week. (plus transaction fees)

To get started, complete the membership registration and liability waiver, then create a login and book in for your first training session!

 
**Warning**
 
We love our sport, but it is violent by nature!
Therefore all members must be over the age of 18 to join.

Getting Started with Armoured Combat

The Three Paths of Steel Fighting, and how to train for them.

Skills: Grappling, Power Striking, Field Awareness

Physical Requirements: Strength, Power, Agility

If you can’t grapple you’re going to be a shitty buhurt fighter. Knowing how and when to strike is a huge element in the 2v1 scenarios. Battlefield awareness only comes through practice. It lets you see when to utilize your open field checks and trips.

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Skills: Finesse striking, grappling, footwork 

 

Physical Attributes: Power, Strength, Anaerobic Capacity

You can rack up points if you can use your sword well. That being said you can also control a fight with brawling and grappling style. Pro fights are interesting because they can look like a very technical stand up striking match or go to a grapple and control match. Either way, you need to learn both and your footwork is what’s needed for keeping your feet and transitioning between range and close in fighting.

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Physical Requirements: Quickness, anaerobic capacity, power

 

Skills: Timing, Footwork, Technique 

 

Duels become about finesse. Controlling timing through the range, footwork, and misdirection is your path to victory.

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Buhurt

Buhurt is the team version of armoured steel combat. Current variants that we are seeing internationally are 150 vs 150, 30 vs 30, 16vs16, 12vs12 and likely the most competitive being the 5vs5. Some rules and strategies change based on the format you are fighting in but tend to stay pretty similar. Weapon strikes become more effective with the larger group fighting while grappling becomes king in the 5v5 ring.

Modern sports that transfer over skill-wise and training requirements is American Football and Rugby. In all Buhurt variants, the tactics you’ll be seeing that lead to effective takedowns are checks, trips, strikes and grapples. As a fighter, you’ll need to recognize which of these pieces are personal strengths and weaknesses for you. If you are weak in any of these areas it’s going to make you a much less effective Buhurt fighter. Understanding the tempo of the fight is key in knowing where these skills fit in the battle. In the beginning chaos of battle, your skills in checks and trips are going to be the most important. They are the quickest and require the least amount of energy for takedowns. Once the fight settles in a bit your going to see grinding grapples and 2v1s where the longer axes and shield strikes become more effective. Ultimately staying up in the initial chaos and knowing how and when to transition to the final grind and clean up of a fight are skills to be learned and trained. 

 

Physical Requirements: Strength, Power, Agility

 

Anaerobic conditioning is important as well and if you are training correctly it should be addressed more in your skill training than your fitness. Strength and power are still undervalued and misunderstood in the buhurt community. Being strong does not make you powerful and power without strength limits your effectiveness. Agility does it all. Keeps you safe and puts you in the right place at the right time. 

 

Skills: Grappling, Power Striking, Field Awareness 

If you can’t grapple you’re going to be a shitty buhurt fighter. Knowing how and when to strike is a huge element in the 2v1 scenarios. Battlefield awareness only comes through practice. It lets you see when to utilize your open field checks and trips. 

 

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Pro Fight

Pro Fights are the one on one, full contact, MMA version of Steel Combat. There are a couple of different organizations playing with pro fight rules and how to make them look good and keep them interesting. WMFC seems to be following the path of MMA with longer rounds and ground fighting. I feel this is a mistake as fighting on the ground in armour just looks ridiculous with one guy beating a helpless fighter. The longer rounds also don’t make sense as you can watch professional MMA fighters gas out without an extra 30-50 pounds on them. There are aspects of the Knight Fight format that I like which has shorter rounds that are higher intensity and no ground fighting.  Until some of these rules get solidified it will change the details of your training for Pro Fights. 

Some modern equivalents of Pro Fights are Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and Wrestling.  MMA shares the overall skill set needed to be a good Pro Fighter. One of the biggest differences that stands out in a pro fight is that if you are fighting a skilled opponent in good armour, it is highly unlikely of any sort of knockout or even damage to your opponent. Without the ability to have a consistent knockout or submission the strategy of a fight changes a lot. Now it becomes a points and fitness game.    The power requirements or sword strikes goes down a lot and becomes more finesse. Your shield strikes become your power shot, kicks become more point-based and grappling strategy changes in that you can use takedowns that end with you in a dominant position.  I expect changes coming for rules of pro fights. They likely won’t have any major effects on your training but they can change some of your strategies. 

 

Physical Attributes: Power, Strength, Anaerobic Capacity

 

Grappling is still a big part of pro fights and that is why Strength is so important.  Power still makes for more effective, striking and takedowns which is a key balance you need in pro fights. If you gas out it’s over for you. So many fights end with a difference in fitness level. 

 

Skills: Finesse striking, grappling, footwork

 

You can rack up points if you can use your sword well. That being said you can also control a fight with a brawling and grappling style. Pro fights are interesting because they can look like a very technical stand up striking match or go to a grapple and control match. Either way, you need to learn both and your footwork is what’s needed for keeping your feet and transitioning between range and close in fighting. 

 

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Duels

Duels consist of several different weapon styles. Sword and shield, sword and buckler, longsword and polearm. Training for these styles is completely different from what you need for Buhurt and Pro Fights. Grappling is eliminated and your focus now goes to just facing the weapon.

There aren’t many modern equivalents to the duelling format. Fencing and Kendo are likely the closest.  Strength no longer becomes a major requirement as you’re not having to physically move other armoured combatants around. Timing and technique must become impeccable. Footwork and range control are major factors in your success. There is also no weight classes for duels.  Carrying extra body weight is only going to slow you down with no advantage.

Sparring and the pell is the key to being a better duelist. Your fitness should revolve around improving quickness in your feet and strikes,  having enough muscle endurance to get you through a day of fast-paced fighting. Sparring is the only way you will develop the timing needed to be a high-end duelist. 

 

Physical Requirements: Quickness, anaerobic capacity, power

 

Being quick with your feet and hands will get you past most fighters. You still need to be ready for a day of physical fighting. HIIT training will serve you well for duels. Power is still needed. Power is your baseline for improving quickness. You don’t need nearly as much strength behind that power but it’s still a key fitness requirement. 

 

Skills: Timing, Footwork, Technique 

 

Duels become about finesse. Controlling timing through the range, footwork, and misdirection is your path to victory.

 

Know the HMBIA Rules & Regulations

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What path have you chosen?

As fighting continues to grow it’s going to lure more fighters towards specific paths. When people start to specialize and train specifically for their event, in large numbers, you’re going to see a jump in skill.  Pro fights are a bit of transition between duels and buhurt. While you learn elements of both it’s not going to teach you the finer details of either. Buhurt and duels are pretty much complete opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of skills and training required to be great at either.  Choose your paths wisely and train accordingly.

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