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Silence of the Sticks: Why wooden weapons fell out of favor in 19th-century Germany

stick fightingThe Irish beat each other with shilelaghs, the English drew blood with singlesticks and quarterstaves, the French wielded canne and baton. The Portuguese still play at jogo de pao and the Italians had the bastone. The Germans, however, showed no interest in wooden weapons, at least after the Fechtschul traditions of dussack and assorted staff weapons (most of which with a blade of one kind or another) had disappeared. How come? Continue reading

A Prophet in his Own Country: Irish Stick Fighting in the news

There are more Oktoberfeste in the United States than in Germany. More Highland Games in Canada than in Scotland. And Irish stick fight fighting?

Apparently, the old blackthorn is being plied vigorously, anywhere but Ireland…

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