Category Archives: 17th Century

Das Deutsche Hiebfechten vor dem europäischen Hintergrund

Trotz seiner heutigen Populär-Identifikation mit nationalistischen Strömungen ist das Hiebfechten der deutschen Studenten fest in europäische Traditionen eingebunden.

 

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Rapier; Germany, c. 1610

Tough act to follow

Tough act to follow

 

Battered, broken and repointed…

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“Transition Rapier”; Scotland, 1687

Hope of Scotland

Hope of Scotland

Picasso he ain’t….

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Jägerstock; Germany, 1660

The Jägerstock or halbe Pique

The Jägerstock or halbe Pique

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jägerstock, not Jägermeister…

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Rapier and Buckler; Dutch, 1630

The Glory that was Rome

 

 

 

The Glory that was Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, no documentary value…

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Fechtschule; Germany, 1623

Fechtschule der Klopffechter

Fechtschule der Klopffechter

Fechtschule der Klopffechter, 1623

 

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Eskrima, Spanish rapier, and the Lost Continent of Mu

Did arnis/escrima “develop” from Spanish rapier fencing? Often, a little shred of historical fact can be stretched into eye-pleasing tapestries of historicizing fiction: Thoughts on Diffusionism in martial arts history…

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Kurze Geschichte des Akademischen Fechtens in Deutschland; Teil 1

 

Werkzeuge des Teufels

Degen und Fechthandschuh: Werkzeuge des Teufels

 

 

Das akademische Fechten in Deutschland entstammt alten europäischen Kampfsporttraditionen, die von Adel und Ritterschaft über Jahrhundert gepflegt wurden…

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Behind the woodshed: Little-known aspects of Dussack play through the ages

They called it a Dussack, Dusack, Dysack, Tesak, Tuseckn, Thuseckn, Disackn, or Dusägge. And judging from the rather pedestrian taunting rhymes that the staunch craftsmen and artisans of the German fighting guilds made up, it appears that its use was at least as popular as its orthographic variety is mystifying: Some of the 16th-century Fechtschulrheime show that during some 16th-century Fechtschulen, over two thirds of all bouts were fought with the Dussack, by far outstripping those conducted with long swords, staves, and dagger.

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Georg Gumpelzhaimer: Gymnasma de exercitiis academicorum; German, 1650

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Students at German universities were predominantly young noblemen. As such, they brought aristocratic leisure activities with them to academia.

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