The Medieval Dagger

The Medieval Dagger

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The term 'medieval martial arts' conjures images of armoured knights wielding sword, lance and axe. While the image is correct, at the foundation of knightly combat was a sophisticated form of close quarter combat, centred on fighting with - and against - the dagger, a deadly weapon of both self-defense and last resort.


In Mastering the Art of Arms, Volume One: The Medieval Dagger, Guy Windsor presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat, as set down in Il Fior di Battaglia a manuscript written in 1410. Readers are guided step-by-step through the process of mastering this six hundred year old art, from choosing a dagger to striking with it; from guard positions to steps and turns; from disarms to locks and takedowns; from safe falling practice to formal drills, and finally pressure testing their skills with sparring.


Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists. Those who study other traditional knife arts, and modern military combatives, will find many familiar techniques present in this ancient system.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 294.84g
  • IL, United States
  • English
  • 1937439038
  • 9781937439033
  • 420,636

Table of contents

Introduction to the Mastering the Art of Arms Series


Introduction to Volume 1 The Medieval Dagger


Chapter One: Fundamental Principle


Chapter Two: Foundations from Fiore


Chapter Three: Mechanics and Movement


Chapter Four: Falling Free


Chapter Five: Is This a Dagger which I See Before Me?


Chapter Six: Grips, Strikes and Breaks


Chapter Seven: Remedy Masters: Control the Weapon


Chapter Eight: The System in Brief


Chapter Nine: Counter-Remedies


Chapter Ten: Dealing with the Backhand


Chapter Eleven: When in Doubt, Use Both Hands!


Chapter Twelve: The Low Blow


Chapter Thirteen: Defense Against the Grab-and-Stab


Chapter Fourteen: A Knife for a Knife: Defense with the Dagger


Chapter Fifteen: A Dagger Disarm Flowdrill


Chapter Sixteen: Armoured Combat


Chapter Seventeen: Expanding Your Skills


Chapter Eighteen: One System, Many Weapons


Chapter Nineteen: Sword vs Dagger


Acknowledgments


Bibliography


Glossary
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About Guy Windsor

Guy Windsor is a world-renowned instructor and a pioneering researcher into medieval and renaissance martial arts. He has been teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland, in 2001. His first book, The Swordsman's Companion, became an instant classic when it was published in 2004.
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