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SCOTTISH MARTIAL ARTS

MEDIEVAL MARTIAL ARTS

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TRAINING HISTORY
From the 15th century into the 17th, numerous Fechtbücher (German "fencing-books") were produced, of which some 55 are extant...
Normally, several modes of combat were taught alongside one another, typically unarmed grappling (Kampfringen or abrazare), dagger (Degen or daga, often of the rondel variety), long knife (Messer) or Dussack, half- or quarterstaff, pole arms, longsword (langes Schwert, spada longa, spadone), and combat in plate armour (Harnischfechten or armazare), both on foot and on horseback. Some Fechtbücher have sections on dueling shields (Stechschild), special weapons used only in judicial duels.

Paulus Hector Mair (1517--1579) was an Augsburg civil servant, and active in the martial arts of his time. He collected Fechtbücher and undertook to compile all knowledge of the art of fencing in a compendium surpassing all earlier books.

Four plays from Hans Talhoffer's Fechtbuch of 1467 using the Messer.