The use of the striking German battle sword as found in many armories through out Germany still poses many unanswered questions. This article provides an overview over contemporary sources and proposes an approach to combine the information gained from those sources to determine possible techniques and principles for this weapon.
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The use of the striking German battle sword as found in many armories through out Germany still poses many unanswered questions. This article provides an overview over contemporary sources and proposes an approach to combine the information gained from those sources to determine possible techniques and principles for this weapon.Read More
Note to reader: This document complements an essay published on the blog Martial Culture in...Read More
When you first start reading the medieval fencing manuals, one of the curious things you keep...Read More
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Over the years I have spent researching Late Medieval Central Europe, I ran across many unfamiliar...Read More
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Giovanni Alberto Cassani published a military treatise in Naples in 1603.1 In this work he...Read More
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Dynamic parameters define a rigid body’s reaction to external forces. While their importance for a sword’s behaviour is known since the 19th century, many data sets of original swords, replicas and training weapons include mass and the centre of mass, but lack a third parameter such as moment of inertia, radius of gyration, or corresponding centres of oscillation/percussion. A third parameter, however, is required to calculate a rigid object’s response.Read More
Did you ever face the situation that you trained a technique over and over, again and again and it just straight out refuses to come out during free play? Then you know the frustration if expectations and results don’t match.
Failing time and time again, because you can’t pull of what you should be able to doesn’t feel nice. It can be devastating and lead the most dedicated of us down a path of frustration. It can be a reason why people quit HEMA altogether.Read More
The Dutch Experiment – De Hollandsche Methode, Christiaan Siebenhaar, and fencing in the Netherlands in the 19th Century
In the mid-19th century, not that long after the Belgian war of independence, an experiment was...Read More
Proposition This article proposes that Francesco Novati’s 1902 facsimile reproduction of Flos...Read More
Last week, in the same spirit of information freedom that inspired Wiktenauer’s creation, I...Read More
Though long delayed, this book represents the most complete picture possible of the Liechtenauer tradition of foot combat as it was recorded in the mid 15th century. It’s the text I wanted for my students when I was leading a study group, and I’m happy to finally offer it in print. I hope it serves in some small way to advance the study of Johannes Liechtenauer’s art.Read More
“Take great pains in your knightly practices” – A brief review of Medieval and Renaissance training methodologies
Few men are born brave; many become so through care and force of discipline. – Flavius...Read More
This video was recorded by the MFFG at the 4th Meyer Symposium in Iowa, USA, 2016 and is yet...Read More
This video was recorded by the MFFG at the 4th Meyer Symposium in Iowa, USA, 2016. It is a small...Read More
King and Fool – The Vier Leger of Liechtenauer’s Tradition and their relationship with...Read More