He may’ve been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Jena students’ thrust duel with the elongated “wälsche Banditendolch“—the “Frog” bandit dagger, as his colleague from the philosophical faculty, Dr. Scheidler, called the disgraceful French dueling sword.
But F.A.W.L. Roux continued to teach Kreußlerian thrust fencing with the “Rappier” way into the second half of the 19th century—both as a healthy exercise and part of the German Turnkunst, and as a practical martial art for military men.
Included in his repertoire were some disarms and throws that few of his colleagues ever bothered mentioning in print… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Antiquarian Books, Epee, fencing, Foil, Library
Tagged disarm, FAWL Roux, german school of fencing, jena, kreussler'sche stossfechtschule, throw
Despite their distinct dislike for things Catholic and South European, Elizabethans were suckers for Italian fencing techniques and concepts of honor and dueling.
Some of the most prominent figures of the cultural elite of the period engaged in Italian-style swordplay. Among them was the poet Christopher Marlowe, whom we’re catching on an Indian summer afternoon on the outskirts of London, sword in hand, and ready to engage in moderate mayhem… Continue reading
Apart from a few late imports, wooden staves or sticks disappear from the printed instructional record of 18th- and 19th-century German martial arts literature.
There’s only one example of a wooden weapon being used in a more or less organized combative context in the early 19th century:
The Ziegenhainer walking stick.
And even this leaves something to be desired… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, Armory, fencing, singlestick
Tagged german stick fighting, jena, mensur, stoßmensur, stockfechten, stossmensur, thrust mensur, ziegenhainer
Eighteen years after the first Hammerterz Forum and 12 years after the last issue, Fechtschule America 2012 named three tournaments after this long-forgotten HEMA publication.
And as it happens, we made a spectacular discovery somewhere deep in the vaults of the Amberger Collection.
Coincidence? Continue reading
The sword of a Confederate officer leading the last charge of the 2nd Texas Infantry at the Second Battle of Corinth returns to the scene of the casualty.