A handbook of English martial arts with
instruction in many English fighting techniques.
Sixteenth century English martial artists had their own governing
body, the Company of Maisters, which taught and practised a fighting
system that ranks as high in terms of effectiveness and pedigree
as any in the world. Experienced martial artists, irrespective
of the style they practice, will recognise that the techniques
and methods of this system are based on principles that are as
valid as those that underlie the system that they practice.
'I found the historical accounts of these martial artists
amazing...If you have any interest in martial arts at all, be
it weapons or empty hand combat, then this book is a must, not
only for the practical depiction of the techniques but for the
in-depth historical facts surrounding our own island's martial
Pat O'Malley, Martial Arts Illustrated,
'It is very well done, with very valuable
material. It is a welcomed study, smoothly written. John Clements,
Historical Armed Combat Association U.S.A. I highly recommend
this book; I particularly like the fighting terminology he has
researched, which provides documented period names (in English,
no less) for many of the fighting stances and guards we in the
SCA currently use under a bewildering number of different names.
Techniques from English Martial Arts can also provide the basis
for a very good training program for newer fighters, or for experienced
fighters learning a new weapon style.'
Michael Lacy, Flame Journal, (Society
for Creative Anachronisms)
Techniques included in this book are: bare-fist
fighting; broadsword; quarterstaff; bill; sword and buckler; sword
£14·95 240 pages
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