"I tell you truthfully, no man can defend safely."
- Liechtenauer's Zettel MS3227a
The Messer is a weapon of humble origin. Easily forged and adopted for self defence by many during the medieval times. It is a single edged blade, and characterized by the nagel. It is easily the most used bladed weapon in medieval Germany. We focus on the Messer techniques from Leckuchner and the Augsburg tradition.
The Sword and Buckler is a combination of an arming sword or Messer, with a buckler in the left hand. It was a popular weapon system during the 14th Century, used by soldiers and civilians alike. We learn to co-ordinate the sword and buckler from basic plays in I.33 and Paulus Kal.
The Longsword, also known as a 'hand and a half', was extensively used by knights on the battlefield and in judicial duels. Its usefulness in combating armoured and unarmoured foes cemented its legacy in history. Through Ringeck, Danzig, and Lew, we learn the fighting dynamic of the Lichtenauer tradition.
Polearms have a a long history. In fact, the spear was probably mankind's earliest weapon. Its effective design and long history attests to it's effectiveness on the battlefield. The spear eventually developed into other weapons like the pikes, poleaxe, halberd, bardiche, and many more during the medieval and renaissance period. We explore basics movements, techniques and plays from Talhoffer and contemporary treatises.
Dagger & Ringen forms the basics of many medieval fighting systems. Lichtenauer instructs young knights to learn how to wrestle well. Ringen is the German word for wrestling and was an essential part of any warrior worth his salt. Daggers are common accompaniment for any medieval person and would have been their backup tool when their main weapon is unreachable. This is embedded within the regular sessions. The Ringen and Dagger content work on breakfalls, throws, as well as dagger techniques.