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In the Service of Mars – Vol II – Proceedings from the Western Martial Arts Workshop

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Volume II

Martial Arts are literally The Arts of Mars, the Roman god of war. For over two and a half millennia, the combat arts of Europe served the hoplite, gladiator, legionnaire, knight, duelist, boxer and wrestler on the battlefield, in the duel, as street defense and in the ring. Interest in these traditions has grown dramatically over the last twenty years, bringing together a unique combination of fighters and scholars in the quest to resurrect and preserve this proud heritage of fighting lore.Martial Arts are literally The Arts of Mars, the Roman god of war. For over two and a half millennia, the combat arts of Europe served the hoplite, gladiator, legionnaire, knight, duelist, boxer and wrestler on the battlefield, in the duel, as street defense and in the ring. Interest in these traditions has grown dramatically over the last twenty years, bringing together a unique combination of fighters and scholars in the quest to resurrect and preserve this proud heritage of fighting lore.

The Western Martial Arts Workshop (WMAW) was founded in 1999 as a way for the students of these martial arts to meet, train, exchange research, and lay the foundation for an enduring Western martial arts community. In the Service of Mars, Volume Two is both a compilation of some of the most popular and detailed lectures and class notes from WMAWs first decade, and a record of the growth of the Western martial arts community in depth and breadth over the same time. From longsword to sword and buckler fencing; deadly knife-fighting to mounted combat, the martial traditions of England, Germany, Italy and Spain are all amply represented and combined with detailed, practical instruction.

Not only a best-of anthology, most of the inclusions here are substantially different from the form in which they fi rst appeared in the WMAW event guides. The contributions in this book have been substantially revised, expanded, and photo-illustrated, coming as close to recreating an actual class in the subject as the written word can ever replicate a physical discipline.

CONTENTS

Part One: Martial Arts of the Middle Ages, ca. 13001550
English Longsword: a Tactical Approach – Paul Wagner
The Spear-Play of Fiore dei Liberi – Gregory Mele
A Conceptual Look at the 24 Winden in Johannes Liechtenauers Art – Jg Bellinghausen
Fighting from the Nebenhut: Longsword Plays from the Ringeck Fechtbuch – Christian Henry Tobler
Mounted Combat: A Continuation of the System – Theresa Wendland

Part Two: Martial Arts of the Renaissance and Enlightenment, ca. 15001850
From the Page to the Practice: Fundamentals of Spanish Swordplay – Puck Curtis and Mary Dill Curtis
The Iberian Montante: Sources, Techniques, and Tactics – Steve Hick and Eric Myers
Understanding the Partisan: Forgotten Weapon of the Italian Renaissance – Tom Leoni
Bolognese Swordsmanship: An Introduction to Renaissance Sword and Buckler – Steven Reich
Keeping it Simple: Italian Rapier Tactics for Dummies – Tom Leoni

Part Three: Western Martial Arts in Their Historical Context
Frog DNA, Concentric Rings, and Old-Fashioned Necromancy: Reconstructing Historical European Swordsmanship – Gregory Mele
The Medieval Sword Blade: Form and Intended Function -Craig Johnson

Part Four: PedagogyTeaching and the Western Martial Artist
Flow Drills as a Teaching Tool for Medieval and Renaissance Dagger Training – Jg Bellinghausen
Decision-Making for Instructors – Guy Windsor
Developing and Training with Solo Forms: An Overview – Guy Windsor

279 pages

Dimensions7'' x 10''
ManufacturerFreelance Academy Press

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