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.
For example, in 2017, the World Championship was held in Alsómocsolád, Hungary, and in 2018 we met in Rýmařov, Czech Republic.
Have a look at our calendar of important knife thrower meetings worldwide.
World Championship in Knife- and Axe Throwing / Big Throwers Meeting
August 8-11 2019, Newark, Great Britain
Nottingham, with Sherwood forest, the haunt of Robin Hood. Not at all a bad place to hold the 2019 EuroThrowers World Championship in Knife and Axe Throwing. It is organised by the club KATTA UK, and since the club team has experience and is aiming high, it will most likely be the best knife throwing event of the last 50 years. (I know the British like to stay modest, but it's the truth.)
Special treat this year: The World Championship is colocated with the European Juggling Convention. That means that apart from 150 knife throwers and axe throwers, there will be thousands of jugglers and artists milling around on site!
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 World Championship!
The region has plenty to offer for an extended stay: Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve, with all kinds of Robin Hood attractions, the Nottingham Castle, impressive Newstead Abbey, very british Haddon Hall, or the White Post children's farm.
"Little John" Taylor, Richard Sunderland and all the other KATTA UK members and the EuroThrowers are very much looking forward to meeting you in Nottinghamshire!
Details on Registration and Travel
directly at KATTA UK.
The EuroThrowers World Championship in Knife and Axe Throwing / Big European Throwers Meeting 2019 is held and organised by the club Knife, Axe, Tomahawk Throwing Association UK (KATTA UK), represented by "Little John" Taylor and Richard Sunderland.
The Championship Team will be glad to assist you in all matters concerning the Championship, just send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Championship also has a facebook group to ask questions.
The World Championship is taking place on Newark Showground in Newark on Trent, which offers extensive travel directions (including helicopter).
The nearest airport is Manchester (MAN), with trains then running to Newark on Trent.
According to the UK Government, even if there is a no-deal Brexit, citizens of the EU (and Switzerland) can enter the UK without the need for a visa.
Do not hesitate to contact the organisers (see above) if you need help with travel arrangements!
Address: Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Winthorpe, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 2NY, England
Knife and axe laws
Outside the competition area, please transport all your knives in locked containers!
John Taylor's advice from his work as policeman:
Do transport all of your knives and axes in a bag or container that is locked with a padlock. Always have a printout of this invitation pages along with the knives. Do not bring butterfly knives, throwing stars, flick/switchblade knives, or any knife whose blade is sharpened on both sides. When in doubt, or stopped by police, do not hesitate to contact me directly (email above).
The police officers have very much free hand in deciding if you have a "good reason" to transport those knives, the printout and possibly your EuroThrowers membership card will help convince them. The British government provides an additional list of knives and objects that are completely illegal.
Air travel: In Europe and beyond, 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. Additionally, do carry your EuroThrowers membership card in your wallet to demonstrate you are registered and organised.
In you travel, you might cross countries with special rules:
- Germany, France, Italy: Do transport all of your knives in a bag or container that is locked, preferably with a padlock. It is heavily recommended not to transport those objects: Butterfly knives, throwing stars, flick / switchblade knives, and any knife whose blade is sharpened on both sides.
- Remember to check the rules for additional countries you cross.
Also in 2019, We will employ the European Knife and Axe Throwing Rules (version 2010, 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.)
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) 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 rankings will be based on the normalised cumulative precision scores of the top five throwers of each country. 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 respective ranking.
World Championship Long Distance
Titles to win in the long distance event: World Champion in Long Distance Knife/Axe Throwing
World Championship Precision
For the titles 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 the 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 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. For throwers whose partner is disqualified in the preselection round, a partner will be provided to obtain a time ranking.
You throw your knife from the handle, with no spin, in walk-back mode. Minimum weight: 230g.
Title to win: World Champion in No-Spin Knife Throwing.
Detailed No-Spin rules: PDF
Put as many knives in the target as you can in 20 seconds. Minimum distance 3m. Minimum weight 200g.
Detailed Speed rules: PDF
Knife/Axe throwing into targets that are grouped around two circles (the silhouette). Hits inside the silhouette will cost you a penalty of minus 10 points.
Detailed Silhouette rules: PDF
The target is divided into four areas. A playing card is fixed to each of the quarters, and one in the middle. Five knives and five axes have to be thrown into the correct quarter/the middle, with extra points for a stick into the correct card.
Detailed Mountain Man rules: PDF