• Is the group welcoming and engaging to newbies?
    • The Detroit Fight Club starts all new individuals out at the very basics to get you going and introduced to the sport.
    • The majority of folks in this sport are nice and encouraging to newcomers, however, every group is slightly different and we encourage you to reach out to HMB groups on Facebook for assistance of any problems you may encounter as there are many wonderful people willing to help you out.
  • What if I’ve never done any kind of fighting before? Is this something I can work up to?
    • There are many of us willing to help you out and train you to become a world class athlete in HMB. To get going, look up HMB on Youtube and focus on your health, both eating habits and strength training.
  • Is there a fee to join?
    • We have a monthly fee, which covers the use of our training, equipment and liability insurance.  Please stop by and discuss it with us. 
  • What is the code of conduct at practices and events?
    • Code of conduct is paramount to this sport.  We try to hold ourselves to a higher code of conduct. Do as you would have done to yourself.
  • How often are practices and events?
    • Our commitment is training or armoring once per week, although sometimes life gets in the way and we do it less or sometimes even more.
  • Is there a way to “borrow” used equipment as a beginner?
    • We have complete sets of equipment to get you started and also help you build your our gear, if you choose to.  We encourage you to get your our gear as it will fit you best.
  • Are there team leaders or certain people to go to with questions and concerns?
    • See our Contact Us page to ask additional questions you may have.  If you call, please leave us a voice mail with your question and we will try to get back with you promptly.
  • How long will it take to build my armor kit?
    • 2-6 months depending on if you make all your own kit, buy it or a combination thereof.
  • How much will it cost to buy / build my armor kit?
    • The lowest you can get in this sport for a new kit is about $2000, however, used items can reduce this cost as well.
  • What are the different styles and restrictions on armor kits?
    • There are many variety of kits and styles, but generally it is East and West Europe from about 1300-1600 AD time period.
  • What kinds of workouts should I do when I’m not at a training event? 
    • Most High Intensity Interval Training type of programs tend to work well, but there are many methods to success.
  • If I go to a training practice or event and I don’t have proper clothing or armor will I be accepted?
    • Yes, there are ways to train with very minimal equipment.
  • Approximately how many big and little events are there each year?
    • There are generally about 6-8 big events in the US per year and 4-8 smaller events in the US. Internationally, there is usually something at least once a month, sometimes more if you are so inclined to travel and enjoy the sport.
  • I know this is a dangerous sport are there EMTs on site at every event? Every practice?
    • Every major event usually has EMTs. Some smaller ones will not have official EMTs, but dedicated individuals willing to help, some of which are professionally trained.  This varies by event and you should ask before attending.  Practices generally don’t have any medical personnel on site, just as a Easter Martial Arts dojo doesn’t keep medical personnel on standby at their business.
  • How do I find people near me who are willing to help and work with me, if I am not close to the Detroit Fight Club?
    • Search for the Palmetto Knights list of US and International clubs
  • Are there age, size, or gender restrictions to participate?
    • There is no restrictions for adults joining and there are some kid level training growing and getting established. Currently the Detroit Fight Club doesn't offer any official youth training classes. 
  • I don’t want to fight but I want to be involved. What can I do?
    • There are plenty of ways to become involved in the movement.See our Contact Us page to get involved now.

 

  • How is this the same as or different from SCA?
    • The SCA is a live action role play with a different set of martial rule sets. There are obviously similarities, but HMB doesn’t require any role playing of characters.

 

  • How is this the same as or different from LARP?
    • See the previous question.

 

  • How is this the same as or different from HEMA?
    • HEMA is another sport version of recreating medieval martial arts and is more focused on reproducing medieval manuscript training methods, whereas HMB is not concerned about accuracy of combat to a manual.