Physical preparation of Ukrainian cossacks

They practiced daily, every single day cossacks practiced horse riding, and perfected their fighting skills by sabre fighting and wrestling. Sabre fight was done before the first blood was spilled and was always overlooked by older experienced cossacks to stop trainees from dealing serious damage to each other. Also cossacks were grappling with each other and sometimes they even did team fist fights in a form of competition one company against the other. All training was done before the noon and then they were resting till the next day.