Bagration Cup

Together with the Order of the Eagle of Georgia, of which I am a member, I organize a sport /cultural event - the Bagration Cup tournament. The event, in the spirit of ancient tournaments, is in honor of important figures of the Bagration dynasty, the oldest European dynasty with roots going as far back as to the 6th century AD, including, among others, Pyotr Bagration (1765 - 1812), a distinguished general from the Napoleonic Wars, who fell in the Battle of Borodino. He is also depicted in Tolstoy's War and Peace, which was also highly appreciated by Napoleon.

The organizing Order of the Eagle of Georgia was founded already at the turn of the 12th - 13th centuries by another important person of the family, the holy Queen Tamara (1184 - 1213) . A direct member of the family, the pretendent to the Georgian throne HRH Prince David Bagration, Grand Master of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia, under whose honorary auspicies the previous three years of the competition were held, was personally present at the last year.…ani

The competition itself is preceded by a cultural program including martial arts demonstration mostly with cold weapons of Europe and Asia, by masters of the highest level. Several world champions and vice-champions in their respective disciplines performed at previous years.

The competition in the sabre-cutting test, a traditional discipline in which swordsmen have historically verified their level of mastery of the cutting technique. This is a friendly competition in the chivalrous spirit of ancient times.

The competition itself consists of achieving as many points as possible for each successful cut, while a successful cut is considered one that splits the target in halves. The type and angle of the cut is at the discretion of the competitor. The competitor scores one point for each successful cut, while the winner (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) becomes the competitor with the highest points scored. If the finalists have the same number of points, the competition continues until one of them gains the upper hand. Not splitting the mat, knocking it down or missing it means the end of the round. Cutting the stand or the spike for impaling targets results in automatic disqualification.

A free fencing competition with softened saber: Everyone enters the tournament at their own risk, with the understanding that in case of injury or other damage, they will not by granted any form of satisfaction by the opponent or the organizers. Whoever first achieves three hits to the opponent advances to the next round, any part of the body is a scoring hit area and can be attacked with any thrust or cut, it is possible to disarm the opponent and the fight continues even if the competitor's weapon is knocked out of his hand. The second draw/tie (both competitors hitting each other in the same time) during the round is a disqualification from the entire tournament.