There are many meetings and contests where one can meet fellow knife- and axe-throwers. Throwzini
has an overview of the meetings in the United States, while Axtwerfen.de
cover Europe primary. (If you know of any meeting, please send us an email.)
The largest event in Europe has so far always been the Big Throwers Meeting / European Championship
For many competitions, the standard European Knife and Axe Throwing Rules
Do have a look at the pictures in our reports
on past meetings.
If you are interested in "throwing" a meeting in your country, or are just curious, join the Eurothrowers
The European Throwing Club "Flying Blades" (Eurothrowers)
is of course another very important source. Among other things, they published a best-practice handbook on how to organise throwing competitions
- 19th-21st of February 2016, Spring-Competition in the Bohemian Paradise, Czech Republic
Staney Havel of the W-Club marks the start of the throwing-season with his traditional spring fling near the famous protected area in the Czech Republic. Place: Cultur house in Veliš, near Jičín. Rules: Knife 3,5,6m; Axe 4,5,6m; Also as walkback event. Starting fee 300CZK; Accomodation in Jičín (do ask Stany to help you there). Targets and throwing tools according to European Standard Rules. Afterwards possibility for archery fun.
Details in Czech
- 30th of April to 1st of May 2016, Knife Throwing Tournament at the Tenth Martial Arts Olympics East-West Open, Saint Petersburg, Russia
At the "Martial Arts Olympics East-West Open", knife throwing is one of the about 40 disciplines. Several thousand participants are expected overall. The knife throwing competition is held by the Knife Throwing Association for Saint Petersburg (S.T.A.L.K.E.R.Ъ) (you probably know the president, Alexander Morozov, from European Championships). The competition includes fun competitions like Battleship and Connect three. International participation is encouraged.
Invitation and detailed rules (in English)
- 21st - 24th of July 2016, World Championship / 16th Big Throwers Meeting, Maniago, Italy
The biggest European knife and axe throwing event each year.
- 14th of August 2016, KATTA Tournament, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, Great Britain
Annual tournament of the UK throwing club.
Details to be published
- 27th-28th of August 2016, Swiss Championship in Knife and Axe Throwing, St. Moritz, Switzerland
The Schweizer Werfervereinigung once again organises the Swiss Championship. Foreigners are very welcome and do rank in the event ranking, but not the national Championship ranking.
Please enquire for details
- 3rd of September 2016, Rigac Cup, Alsómocsolád, Hungary
The second Hungarian Knife Throwers Meeting and national Championship is organised by EuroThrowers-member János Kohl. International guests are very much invited, and will be ranked together with the Hungarian participants. The competitions are held according to European standard rules.
Janos speaks English, and is happy to help you with any questions.
Full Details in English
- 3rd/4th of September 2016, "Silver Knife" Knife Throwing Competition, Moscow, Russia
For this established competition, more than 100 knife throwers from Russia and beyond are expected. Throwing distances for men are 5m, 7m and 9m, for women 3m, 5m and 7m. Special rectangular targets, the rules (in Russian only) are close to EuroThrowers standard rules. Since it is not allowed to bring knives to Russia, the simplest solution is to buy or borrow some once getting there.
For more information, registration and accommodation please contact (in English or Russian) Igor Lukash at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please plan ahead, as getting a tourist visa for Russia will involve some waiting.
- There are several more knife thrower meetings in the Czech Republic this year. For many of them, the rules and details are available in English! Some events are 23rd of April 2016, the Spring Price of the W-Club, in the Western Town "Stonetown" (halfway between Praha and Brno), 3rd - 5th of June 2016 the 22nd Western Championship in Beaver City, Strážek (traditional western disciplines like lasso roping and knife throwing and axe throwing; rules), 18th of June 2016 the Silesian Knife Throwing Tournament in Kravaře, and 10th of September 2016, the Czech Championship in Knife and Axe Throwing in Suchdol (near Ostrava).
- Country-specific lists:
Italy: Associazione Lanciatori Sportivi Italia, Scuola Italiana Lancio Coltelli ed Asce (meetings in Modena, Venezia, Roma)
Switzerland: Schweizer Werfer Vereinigung
Czech Republic: Clubs Naja and W-Club
Russia: Comprehensive list by Ivan Dolgikh at Metatel.su (2016 in English); also at Iron Century club
England: The KATTA UK offers regular Knife Club throwing days.
- Please contact us if you want to organise an event yourself.
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To promote the exchange between axe- and knife throwers, in 2001 the European Throwing Club Flying Blades (Eurothrowers) started the "Big Throwers Meeting / World and European Championship". This event has since been established as the both the central annual competition and relaxed and friendly meetup for throwers from all over Europe and the world, and is assigned to a different country each year.
If you are interested in organising the event in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In September 2008, representatives from 4 European countries negotiated a common set of competition rules. After a revision in 2010, those are used in most international European competitions:
Standard European Knife and Axe throwing rules
There are 5-10 meetings each year in Europe. For only a handful of them we have reports/pictures collected here.
- 16th Big Throwers Meeting / World Championship in Knife Throwing and Axe Throwing in Maniago/Italy (July 2016
- 1st Rigac Cup in Alsómocsolád, Hungary (September 2015) - Reports and photos by the organiser and by Russian and Czech participants
- 15th Big Throwers Meeting / World Championship in Knife Throwing and Axe Throwing in Huthwaite, England (August 2015)
- 14th Big Throwers Meeting / World Championship in Knife Throwing and Axe Throwing in Callac, France (August 2014)
- 13th Big Throwers Meeting / European Championship in Nivnice, Czech Republic (September 2013)
- 1st Swiss Knife Throwing Meeting, Hölstein, Switzerland (September 2013)
- 12th Big Throwers Meeting / European Championship in Forni Avoltri, Italy (September 2012)
- Sixth Martial Arts East-West Open, Saint Petersburg, Russia (April 2012)
- 11th Big Throwers Meeting / European Championship in Herrischried, Germany (September 2011)
- Fifth Martial Arts East-West Open, Saint Petersburg, Russia (April 2011)
- 10th Big Throwers Meeting / European Championship in Rome, Italy (September 2010)
- Silver Knife Competition, Moscow, Russia (June 2010)
- Thrower Meetings in Russia, Summary 2009
- Ninth Big European Throwers Meeting, in Villeflambeau, France (September 2009)
- First May Throwers Meeting, Kacice, Czech Republic (May 2009)
- Eighth Big European Throwers Meeting, in Chomutov, Czech Republic (September 2008)
- First Ranch throwers meeting in St. Roman, Austria (July 2008)
- First French Knife Throwing Championship near Marseilles, France (June 2008)
- Eighth Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2008)
- Thrower meeting with 100 participants, Moscow, May 2008
- Seventh Big European Thrower Meeting, Erlangen, Germany (September 2007)
- Third Thrower Meeting in Pullman City, Germany (August 2007)
- Thrower meeting (many events) in Kladno, Czech Republic (May 2007)
- First Big Throwers Meeting in Grenoble, France (September 2006)
- Sixth Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2006)
- Second Big Thrower Meeting in Pullman City, Germany (October 2005)
- Fifth Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2005)
- First Thrower Meeting near Marseilles, France (April 2005)
- First Big Thrower Meeting near Bayonne, France (October 2004)
- First Thrower Meeting in Pullman City, Germany (June 2004)
- Fourth Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2004)
- Third Big Throwers Meeting in Müncheberg/Berlin, Germany (August 2003)
- Third Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2003)
- Second Big Throwers Meeting in Müncheberg/Berlin, Germany (August/September 2002)
- Second Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2002)
- First Big Throwers Meeting in Müncheberg/Berlin, Germany (September 2001)
- First Midsummer Throwers Meeting in Pottenstein, Germany (June 2001)
- Knife and Axe Throwing kick off meeting in Kinsau, Germany (June 2001)
- For the early years starting in 2001, find more reports and pictures on our German site