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What is the difference between the 3 groups?
HMB (Historic Medieval Battles) is pretty much the group that got this whole sport organized. They host an International Tournament every year called the Battle of Nations (BoN)
ACL (Armored Combat League) is the American group that was formed originally to organize and train a team to go to the Battle of Nations Tournament. The first American team went to Poland in 2012, then France in 2013.
IMCF International Medieval Combat Federation was formed in the Winter of 2013 in response to the issues that several countries had with the way BoN was being run. They started aNother international tournament to compete with BoN. Their inaugural event was held in Belmonte Spain.
I think of BoN and IMCF as the AFC and NFC of the NFL.
SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) is a medieval recreation organization that has been around for decades and has groups all over the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe. Fighters in the group use rattan weapons and armour in a full speed hi power type of combat. Most of the original members of the ACL have come from an SCA background.
EMP (Empire of Medieval Pursuits) similar to the SCA, their various styles of combat that also include steel fighting as well.