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Big Throwers Meeting / World Championship and European Championship in Knife Throwing and Axe Throwingpromoted by Knifethrowing.info and Axtwerfen.de and Eurothrowers.org
To promote the exchange between axe- and knife throwers, already in 2001 the European Throwing Club Flying Blades (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 2016, the World Championship was held in Maniago, Italy, and we met in Alsómocsolád, Hungary for the 2017 European Championship.
Have a look at our calendar of important knife thrower meetings worldwide.
World Championship in Knife- and Axe Throwing / Big Throwers Meeting
Precision events Knife: 3m, 5m, 7m
Precision events Axe: 4m, 5m, 7m
Time qualification for the Duel Cup
Finals of the experimental events: Speed, Silhouette Knife, Silhouette Axe, Western Axe
World Championship Precision Throwing Knife and Axe (Walkback)
Long Distance Knife and Axe
Duomix Women & Men
Duel-Cup final for 16 fastest
Grand Prix Indiana Whip
Grand Prix Indiana Western Show
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The organiser reserves the right to adapt the program in the course of the championship.
In the Czech Republic, you can only pay in Czech Koruna (CZK), so be sure to get some cash from the ATM on your way there. 100 CZK are about 4€.
Should you need to pay your EuroThrowers membership fee for 2018, please bring 10€ in cash.
The phone dial prefix for the Czech Republic is +420
You will we able to buy food and drinks directly on site.
Each participant is responsible for booking his own accommodation.
Upon registering for the Championship, information will be provided concerning available places, and alternative accomodation.
If you are prepared to drive 20-30 kilometres to your hotel, you can expect to pay around 35€ per night.
There are no special laws in the Czech Republic concerning throwing knives. However, to help explain why you transport all those knives, it is always a good idea to carry a printout of the Championship invitation (that is, this page) with you, and your EuroThrowers membership-card (if available).
It has never been a problem to transport throwing knives on the plane in a checked-in suitcase. A printout of the championship invitation on top of the knives helps customs officers quickly decide you have a harmless reason for transporting those throwing knives.
In you travel, you might cross countries with special rules on knives and axes:
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:
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 qualification for the event World Championship Precision (Walkback), Doumix, and the ranking of countries. There are no other rankings that combine several events.
The three countries with the best throwers will be recognised (there are separate rankings for men and women).
The country rankings will be based on the normalised cumulative precision scores of the top throwers of each country (men: 5 best throwers; women: 4 best throwers). The score is thus based on the results of the six knife and axe precision events. Countries with less than 5/4 participants who have thrown the full six precision events will not be included in the respective ranking.
For the title of World Champion in Knife/Axe Precision Throwing, we will use the walk-back-mode.
Only the 20% best throwers from the standard precision events (including axe 5m) are qualified for this event. Minimal number of participants per title: men 20, women 5.
The event will be held at the following marked distances: Knife 3, 4, 5, 6, 7m, axe 4, 5, 7, 8, 10m.
The thrower will throw at 4 target groups (we say he makes 4 "runs"). At each target group (consisting of three targets), he will throw one round of three throws per distance mark - starting behind the closest distance mark and moving back behind the next distance mark after completing the previous round. He will thus throw at all distance marks in one run. The number of throws in one run at a target group is thus: 5 distances x 3 throws per round = 15 throws.
The thrower does not have to stand at the distance mark, but can move back a maximum of 100cm minus the length of his foot.
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 standard Duel-Cup rules will be employed.
This year, we will have a qualification round using Time-preselection. The final will see the 16 fastest throwers competing.The following rules will ensure a smooth proceeding of this year's Duel-Cup:
You throw your knife from the handle, with no spin, in walk-back mode.Detailed No-Spin rules: PDF / OpenOffice
In this event, you get paired together with a thrower of the opposite sex to form a team, based on the ranking in precision throwing axe plus knife: Female 30th place & male 1st place, female 29th place & male 2nd place, and so on.
If there are less than 30 female or male participants in this event, the total number of pairs will be lowered accordingly.
Participation only for competitions whose normalised scores knife plus axe sum up to at least 1.5.
One in the team will throw with knives, the other with axes - it's your choice who throws what.
The minimum distance is 5m, you each have 21 throws.
The team which accumulates the highest number of points wins.
Put as many knives in the target as you can in 20 seconds. Minimum distance 3m. Minimum weight 200g.Detailed Speed rules: PDF / OpenOffice
Knife throwing into targets that are grouped around a silhouette. Hits inside the silhouette will cost you a penalty of minus 10 points. Distance minimum 3m.Detailed Silhouette Knife 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 Silhouette Axe rules: PDF / OpenOffice
Axe throwing from 4m. You are sitting behind a table.
The Grand Prix requires to demonstrate a wide field of skills in whip handling, ranging from precision hits to a Zorro contest. Bring your own whip!Detailed Indiana Whip rules
You have 10 minutes to stage a western show - any combination of lasso, whip, knife, ax, revolver, bow and dance. Alone, with a partner, or even engaging the audience. Judges will select the best one, based on style and technique, costume, music, contact with viewers, and the quality of the performance.
Video of the 2015 competition