Category Archives: quarterstaff

Six more weeks: FencingClassics to release “missing link” late 17th-ct. German fencing manuscript!

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This recently re-discovered transcript by an anonymous German noble could fill an important gap in the documentation of German fencing approaches between Paschen and Schmidt.

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American Stick-Fighting: Hell comes to Frog Town

It’s all well and good reading the foreign imports of fencing and fighting manuals published in the United States in the 19th century. Especially the one or two stick and staff fighting books.

But the Yanks knew their way around a stick all by their lonesome.

Dashiell Hammett includes a great fight scene in his 1924 short story “Nightmare Town”… Continue reading

Stick Fighting: And a Merry Christmas to you, Padre!

“Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” —Psalm 23

They may’ve been taking scripture a tad too literally. But we bet Friar Tuck and Bishop Odo would’ve been proud of the cassocked cudgelers who put the vir back into Virtue to practice the Christian “Platinum Rule”: “Und willst Du nicht mein Bruder sein, so schlag ich Dir den Schädel ein.”

And what better place for the spiritual Fechtschule than the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem!

We may consider getting religion yet in our old age! Read on…

Fechtschule; Germany, 18th ct.

Plenty of action

Talk about a three-ring circus! Continue reading

Jägerstock; Germany, 1660

The Jägerstock or halbe Pique

The Jägerstock or halbe Pique

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jägerstock, not Jägermeister…

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