Welcome to the The Arnold Medieval Fighting Invitational 


This will be one of the biggest Men's 5v5 Buhurt tournament in yet held in North America! This is a limited club admission event that will run from 10 am - 7 pm on Saturday March 5th, 2022 in Columbus, OH at The Arnold Sports Festival. The festival attracts over 22,000 athletes across 80+ sports and over 200,000 spectators through the weekend.  A set of Women 3v3 demonstration events is possible.  This event is hosted by the Detroit Fight Club and is independent of any league at this time.


Club Registration for the tournament is OPEN. Registration closes January 7th, 2022.

Contact for Details Richard Elswick @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via Facebook. 

Club captains and support please register here: 

Event Schedule:



  • 8 AM -  Room B232 - Fighter check in and Armoring for first 2 teams.
  • 10-7 PM - 5v5 Single Elimination Buhurt Chapter Match/War tournament -  Hall B of Greater Columbus Convention Center

Event Attendance:

The additional need to plan and have hard deadlines is so we can attempt to secure the ability to reserve 2 hotel rooms downtown per club. We will be in the main expo hall B in the highest visibility location.  Athletes and some limited staff attending will get free entrance for the weekend, however other support will need to purchase an expo pass, which is a moderate $50 for the weekend. Children 14 and under should get in free. See the expo website for details. A locked room may be provided Friday night for storage of gear, but must be removed at the end of the day on Saturday.  We will be armoring in the room and marching down to the list.  

Rules and Regulations:

We will follow HMB rules as established at the Battle of the Nations 2019 in Serbia. Additional details:

  • The list field will be a 4' wooden list field.
  • Flooring may be Rogue Gym mats or concrete
  • No white flag concessions will be allowed  
  • Video reviews will be limited to 5 minutes and/or the impact on the flow of the fighting will be instrumental into the execution of the tournament. (Details TBD)
  • Size of list field will be close to the regulation size of 24' x 40'.  
  • While no authenticity requirement is present, the ability to present a quality appearance is of the highest concern and will impact acceptance or your team or individual fighters.  All teams are required to use tunics.
  • Belt favors with fighter numbers are required, per Buhurt League Requirements
  • The tournament is limited to 8 teams.  IF there are 2 women's teams, then we will have a modified women's chapter match as well in some format.
  • Single Elimination tournament, which will follow the Armored Combat Sports requirements for chapter Match/War
    • Adjusted to 3 periods of 13-15 minutes each period and 3-5 minutes max between periods, with the overall time limited 60 minutes per match. 
    • During the break, the duelists will fight in agreed upon matches.  Best 2 of 3 90 second rounds with 60 second breaks. 
    • Teams are limited to 12 team members. 


This will be the best tournament with the top teams demonstrating extreme endurance and skill for a club.