Dagger and Wrestling

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Ringen (Wrestling)

The idea has been put forward historically that all fighting comes from grappling – meaning that the knowledge gained from body-movement, spacing, timing, and initiative, learned in unarmed combat translate directly to principles used in armed combat.

Ringen, in this regard, refers to strikes, throws, joint locks, and counters, which are performed without the direct need for any weapon. However; unarmed combat techniques are used directly in many of the longsword plays described by the historical masters, as well as in concert with other weapons.

From a modern training perspective ringen provides a comparatively safe training method which allows students to learn the fundamentals of German martial arts without the risk introduced by weapons (even practice weapons greatly multiply the force of impact, and require more control to use safely than simple wrestling techniques).

MFS practices a sub-set of ringen meant to complement the longsword syllabus and allow students to be taken down, or engage in “ringen am schwert” (wrestling at the sword) safely.

Dolch (Dagger)

Closely related to wrestling is the dagger. The dagger is the ubiquitous personal defence weapon in Meyer’s time, and historical accounts suggest that fighting with daggers was remarkably common, especially amongst students in university towns. By this time the dagger in common use was no longer the rondel we are used to seeing in earlier texts such as Fiore, but instead has been replaced by a double edged blade with a short crossguard and sharp point, with a blade the length of the practitioner’s forearm. To ensure safe practice, however, safer rounded tipped training daggers were used.

The Meyer Free Scholars dagger syllabus expands upon the students’ existing wrestling knowledge, adding fundamentals of dagger fighting, as well as disarms and takedowns with the dagger.





High guard parries

Low guard parries

Off hand parries

Crossed Guard Parries

  • Parry from Crossed Guard 1
  • Parry from Crossed Guard 2
  • Parry from Crossed Guard 3
  • Parry from Crossed Guard 4
  • Parry from Crossed Guard 5
  • Parry from Crossed Guard 6

Miscellaneous Techniques

  • Casting (a parry and a rearward takedown)
  • Dagger Taking 1
  • Dagger Taking 2
  • Dagger Taking 3
  • Counter to Dagger Taking 3
  • Dagger Technique 1
  • Dagger Technique 2
  • Dagger Technique 3
  • Dagger Wrenching
  • Dagger Technique 4
  • Dagger Technique 5
  • Dagger Technique 6
  • Counter to Dagger Technique 6
  • Dagger Technique 7
  • Dagger Technique 8
  • Dagger Counter to High Arm Breaking
  • Dagger Technique 9 - Another
  • Dagger Technique 10
  • Dagger Technique 11
  • Dagger Technique 12
  • Dagger Technique 13
  • Dagger Technique 14
  • Counter to Dagger Technique 14
  • Dagger Technique 15
  • Dagger Counter Against the Deceit
  • Dagger Technique 16
  • Dagger Technique 17
  • Dagger Technique 18
  • A Dagger Device in Which You Go Through
  • Dagger Technique 19 - Counter to Single/Double Arm Grab
  • How You Shall Hinder an Opponent's Dagger Thrust
  • The First Grappling
  • The Second Grappling
  • The Third Grappling 1
  • The Third Grappling 2

Dagger Fighting Precepts


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