My name is Ian Kyrychenko and originally I am from Ukraine. I studied and practiced Cossacks saber techniques and sword combat since I was 15 years old. Today, after i moved to New York, USA - I can start sword fighter carrier in most promising fencing sport movement - Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA). I can bring my expertise in Ukrainian historical saber and also practice new types of weapons like German\Italian long sword.
Read more about HEMA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_European_martial_arts
So why did I focus on Ukrainian techniques?
Well, obviously, besides my origin and Ukrainian roots - Cossacks were very famous warriors and represent valuable part of historical martial art legacy in Europe.
However, if you check top HEMA ratings, like https://hemaratings.com/ - among 1000 clubs and 4000+ fighters you won't be able to find any single Ukrainian athlete or club, and this should be changed!
USA - 192 clubs, 1614 athletes in tournament ratings
Canada - 23 clubs, 184 athletes in tournament ratings
Russia - 79 clubs, 532 athletes in tournament ratings
Poland - 31 clubs, 246 athletes in tournament ratings
Ukraine - 0 clubs, 3 athletes in tournament ratings
So how am I going to use your supporting donations?
The most important part of sport carrier is competitions on different levels with different opponents. This is especially important for my main goal, with full event media support - promotion of Ukrainian fencing techniques become very achievable. Considering mentioned above, I will allocate all donations to the following:
- Tournament participation fees
- Protective equipment specifically branded to promote Ukraine (it would be nice to have fencing mask in yellow and blue colors and other meaningful patches, don't you think?)
- Training expenses
Check also my stretch goals under different campaigns, such as Ukrainian&Polish online saber fencing school and non-profit saber fencing club located in New York\New Jersey.
Full list of HEMA tournaments in 2019
To excel, I need to be constantly push my limits. I am ready to work hard, but at the same time, I know that the road to success will be costly. By supporting me today, you are investing into something bigger than just a fundraiser. You're changing my life. You are promoting Ukraine and Ukrainian Cossacks saber traditions. You are developing young and promising HEMA sport and martial arts aspect of it. I am truly passionate about Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), which I exercise as often as I can. My goal is to become one of the best athletes in my sport, and I need your help to turn the impossible into a reality.
Thank you for your support!