Novgorod historical and ethnographical club Rhat began its activity in 1996. Originally it was conceived as a place of meeting of the people who are interested in old-Russian history, traditions, but during some time it had turned to club in which the main attention is given to old-Russian military culture in all its manifestations.
The members of the club Rhat are studying practically all life aspects of professional medieval warrior in Russia. They study the period since 9th century, the time of standing of statehood at the territories of Novgorod, to 14th - 15th centuries the epoch of clearing of the Tatar yoke and the formation of the state with the center in Moscow. The program of training includes skills of using the medieval weapon, skills of fisticuffs and wrestling. Skills to make an armour by yourself and to be able to repair it in field conditions are obligatory. Warriors study to sit in the saddle, to sail and to row. The musical culture also is an integral part of a life of modern warriors.
The club is constant participant of many Russian historical festivals on reconstruction of medieval battles. During the time of existence of the club his members have visited Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Tver, Tula, Kolomna, Vyborg, Priozersk, Novomoskovsk and many other Russian cities. They took part in filming in Great Novgorod, Pskov, Izborsk, Tula, participated in the international festivals in Tartu (Estonia) and Vizby (Sweden). Annually in April in Great Novgorod historical and ethnographical club Rhat organizes the festival devoted to a victory of prince Alexander Nevsky in the battle on lake Chudskoe. Fighters from many clubs of Russia and the former Soviet republics take part in this festival. Under the given festival the tournament and the reconstruction of battlefield are carried out.
Besides the main activities, the club organizes demonstrational performances (including performances with the participation of spectators), which dip us to the world of medieval Novgorod and allow to touch a history. You can order the following programs: