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Big Throwers Meeting / World Championship and European Championship in Knife Throwing and Axe Throwing

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To promote the exchange between axe- and knife throwers, already in 2001 the European Throwing Club Flying Blades ((external link / new window)EuroThrowers) has started the "Big Throwers Meeting / European Championship". This event has since been established as the both the central annual competition and relaxed and friendly meet up for throwers from all over the world, and is assigned to a different country each year.

Every couple of years, the event is designated as World Championship, and organised on a very big scale. For example in the World Championship in Callac, France, 2014, there were throwers from 12 nations competing, with teams from countries as diverse as Italy, Russia, Switzerland or the Czech Republic.

To understand why the Big Throwers Meeting / World and European Championship is really the most important event for knife throwers and axe throwers each year, just read the reports about the last years' events.

In 2015, the World Championship was held in Huthwaite, England, and we met in Maniago, Italy, for the 2016 World Championship.

Have a look at our calendar of important knife thrower meetings worldwide.

Results of the European Championship 2017

European Championship in Knife- and Axe Throwing / 17th Big Throwers Meeting, September 1-3 2017, Alsómocsolád, Hungary

Alsomocsolad village and lake.The EuroThrowers Championship 2017 will be held in Hungary, organised by seasoned competition knife thrower János Kohl, and the local Alsómocsolád sports club - in conjunction with the village sports festival.

As usual, the most important goal is to get together knife and axe throwers from all over the World for some days of throwing in a relaxed atmosphere. Meeting old friends and finding new ones, learning some new throwing tricks. Having fun with wacky targets and throwing games. And, of course, we'll have a competition: The European Championship!

Alsómocsolád is a small, rural town in South-West Hungary - only 80 car minutes from famous holiday destination lake Balaton, and only 2½ train hours by car from young and beautiful Budapest, or 4 car hours from Vienna. An extended holiday thus sounds like a good idea!

János Kohl does speak Hungarian, English, and German, so organising your stay won't be hard. Registration and members meeting is scheduled for Friday, the competitions run on Saturday and Sunday.


The competition will take place at the (external link / new window)Sport Stadion of (external link / new window)Alsómocsolád in Hungary.

To get a feeling for the venue, (external link / new window)watch a report on last year's throwing competition there.

The event location - picture taken at the 2016 event.

Schedule / Registration / Travel

All details concerning schedule, your travel and accomodation, and registration for the competition are available at the organiser János Kohl:
(external link / new window)All details on the 2017 European Championship in Alsómocsolád


We will employ the (external link / new window)European Knife and Axe Throwing Rules (version 2010, (external link / new window)available in 7 languages).

For each event, the thrower has to show up with three throwing tools (knives/axes). Exceptions only for throwing tools damaged during the meeting.

If ties need to be resolved, the following additional ranking factor will be used: The number of times a participant scored a 5-point stick (further using 4-3-2 sticks if necessary).

We will have the following standard events:
  • Knife 3m, 5m, 7m
  • Axe 4m, 7m
  • Knife and Axe: Long distance
  • Experimental: Axe 5m "Handle Up" (Only for this single-distance event, it is mandated that the axe must be sticking with its handle pointing upward.)

The order of the events (including the experimental ones) can be consulted in the (external link / new window)agenda.

Combined Rankings

For the precision events, there will be four combined virtual rankings: For women, men, knives and axes separately. Knives combine the 3m, 5m and 7m events, axes combine the 4m, 5m and 7m events.

The points achieved in each event will first be normalised, and then summed up. Normalisation here means that in each event, the best thrower will receive 100 normalised points. This ensures that a point in a more demanding event (like 7m knives) also carries more weight in the combined ranking.

The combined precision rankings are the basis for the title European Champion Precision, and the ranking of countries. There are no other rankings that combine several events.

Ranking of Countries

The three countries with the best throwers will be recognised.

The country ranking will be based on the normalised cumulative precision scores of the 5 best throwers of each country (male and female combined). The score is thus based on the results of the six knife and axe precision events. Countries with less than five participants who have thrown the full six precision events will not be included in the ranking.

Experimental Events


As usual, the Duel-Cup will also be held. Pairwise throwing, the participant who hits the target faster after the signal goes on to the next round. An electronic system will determine which thrower sticks it first!

The (external link / new window)standard Duel-Cup rules will be employed.

Time-preselection will not be employed, but for each duel and participant (at least the very first duel), the best time will be noted and published on the central pyramid score sheet. That way, we'll be prepared for time-based duel schemes in the next years.

The following rules will ensure a smooth proceeding of this year's Duel-Cup:
  • It is your responsibility to find your duel partner, and come to the duel together - think of it as finding a new friend, and compete with her.
  • The upcoming duels will be displayed on a board.
  • The organiser can make a final call for a duel pairing. A participant not showing up 10 minutes after this final call is automatically disqualified. The final call can also be requested by a duel participant not being able to locate his partner despite own search efforts.
  • No throwing in other competition events before you have not completed duel-throws and received a stamp for it on your score sheet, as follows:
    - Saturday morning, no throwing without "Stamp A: Preliminary round done or free bye received".
    - Saturday from 12:00 on, no throwing without "Stamp B: Next duel done".


You throw your knife from the handle, with no spin, in walk-back mode (rules updated since last year).
Detailed No-Spin rules: PDF / OpenOffice


Put as many knives in the target as you can in 20 seconds. Minimum distance 3m. Minimum weight 200g.
Detailed Speed rules: PDF / OpenOffice


Throwing your axe into target-circles that are grouped around two big circles (the silhouette). Hits inside the silhouette will cost you a penalty of minus 10 points. Minimum distance 4m.
Detailed Silhou-Axe rules: PDF / OpenOffice

"Hab" Moving Target

From a minimum distance of 7m, you throw your knives and axes into targets that are mounted on the arms of a moving seesaw.
Detailed Hab rules: PDF / OpenOffice


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