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Ursa Major HEMA Academy

The Ursa Major tournament team - Bear Force One

Developing versatile, capable, and formidable fighters is a core focus at UMHA - to this end we hold regular club tournaments and attend as many national tournaments as we can. These are golden opportunities to pressure-test what we do, challenge our practices, and fill gaps in our knowledge by interacting with other fighters. To complement our tournament focus, we thought it fitting to have a tournament mascot.

We had some amazing design concepts delivered to us as part of our branding exercise, and we loved one of them so much that it became our battle-bear! Enter The Major, leader of our tournament team, Bear Force One! As is probably clear by now, we love our puns here at UMHA, and these amazing names were the result of pun-offs between our members - super serious stuff.

In order to win the right to wear The Major’s patch, a member must represent UMHA at a national or international tournament, and face three unbearable tasks;
--A bear pit - a continuous 30 minute fight with a fresh opponent every 2 minutes
--A bear hug - a tender (and exceptionally sweaty) embrace from the bear pit challengers
--A bear roar - recite The Major’s creed, to remind the member of the qualities we aim to embody

With these tasks overcome, a member joins Bear Force One and can fight bearing The Major (pictured below).

 

The Major