Fighting with the Quarterstaff By David Lindholm Chivalry Bookshelf ISBN: pp. “This book is a result of an interest that I have had for a. The short staff [ie. quarterstaff] or half pike, forest bill, partisan, or glaive, For the purposes of combat these weapons were interchangeable. Medieval Weapons; Quarterstaff; Quarterstaff Weapon Definition; Quarterstaff Weapon Fighting Techniques. QuarterStaff Weapon Images, History, Facts.

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Not to mention the possibility of letting go with one hand for a single-handed thrust or blow that maximises reach at the price quarterstaff leaving the attacker vulnerable due to the slow recovery — it’s done rarely in some styles, very often in others, and completely anathema to yet others.

Paulus Hector Mair in his martial arts compendium s details techniques of fighting with the staff in the German school of fencing of the Renaissance chapter 3. If they should be shorter, then the long staff, morris pike, and such like weapons over and above the perfect length, should have great advantage over them, figbting he may come boldly and safe without any guard or ward, to the place where he may quarrterstaff home, and at every thrust put him in danger of his life, then can the long staff, the morris pike, or any longer weapon lie nowhere within the compass of the true cross, quartersyaff cross and uncross, whereby he may safely pass home to the place, where he may strike or thrust him that has the long weapon, in the head, face, or body at his pleasure.

Impressed by the outcome, the Duke assured Peeke’s te and eventual release, whereupon he he was treated as a lord and dignitary, becoming a minor celebrity, journeying even to the Spanish court in Madrid and refusing service to the king before returning home to England. Surveying the whole of historical record, David Lindholm, a long-time martial arts instrutor and University lecturer, presents a practical guide for combat with the quarterstaff.

I have found some references to this type of combat for sport but not much for actual warfare. Want to add to the discussion? Longer thrusts were delivered with a full step forward with the back leg accompanying the back hand. George Silver’s short staff, which was ft, had a metal tip at each end. Wikipedia articles needing clarification from September Articles fightting in-text citations from April All articles lacking in-text citations Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references.


The fantasy book that I am writing is a more primitive, ancient other Earth, so the main weapons each race uses is the spear and staff. Robert marked it as to-read Sep 28, Any good resources or references? That’s a fascinating anecdote on Richard Peeke. Published January quartwrstaff by Chivalry Bookshelf first published May 30th The position with one hand held at the quarter and the other at the middle of wwith staff is not found in these early modern manuals, but it is described in the quarterstaff manuals published in the late 19th century, e.

Medieval pole weapons Stick and staff weapons European martial arts. It is a solid contribution to the fighfing field of Western martial arts.

Greg added it Mar 13, The general elements of the quarterstaff, however, was observed in its production such as the use of a quarter wood, the length of 6 feet or more and the use of iron to tip the ends of the staff.

More info on the dusack can be found here: However, historically, members of the nobility also made use of Quarterstaves. Barwick even specified that quarerstaff sword should have “no wihh but a cross only” and wrote that the “long sword” should not be used by either cavalry or infantry.

Fighting with the Quarterstaff: A Modern Study of Renaissance Technique

This page was last edited on 12 Novemberat The quarterstaff could be struck directly, though various techniques were used in striking with a quarterstaff against an opponent also armed with the same weapon. I know that this is primarily for arms and armor, but I think this forum would wwith great for advice on fighting styles and techniques, so I hope you do not mind. And this note, that these lengths will commonly fall out to be eight or nine foot long I want it so that most warriors are proficient with both, but the weapons and fighting styles are not the same.

If, however, the opponent wielded a more lethal weapon such as a sword or a spear, the quarterstaff proved of little value even in warding off attacks. Quartersatff Juarez added it Jan 07, And that was without the weapon head. But all the pole arms can be used the same, except that a staff can’t be used to hook.


Fighting with the Quarterstaff: A Modern Study of Renaissance Technique by David Lindholm

All of them typically had some sort of sword to back up their primary weapon. What was a Quarterstaff Weapon made from?

In battle with proper warheads, these pole weapons were extremely dangerous. Blows were primarily delivered downwards either directly or at angles. No JokesAnecdotesClutteror other Digressions. I will first cover the quarterstaff as a basis of all long weapons To add to it, if the enemy wearing armour wielded a sword or a spear, the quarterstaff could break into it at a single stroke of the enemy. For an example of spear-like staff, see: His technique includes both blows and thrusts in about equal measure.

Red Furmax added it Feb 16, Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Jim Judy rated it really liked it Aug 08, There’s hardly any reason not to put a sharp point on a staff, assuming it’s for lethal combat. Given the light-weight of a quarterstaff and the fact that it was easy to wield, a number of fighting techniques emerged. Here is an account fromwhich is somewhat more readable. We fall to the level of our training” Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c.

Ann Tlusty, in her The Martial Ethic in Early Modern Germany however, makes a concrete case that swords and swordsmanship were far from useless in mid 16th century Germany, and Meyer’s prohibition of the thrust may have had more to do with demonstrating your desire to defend yourself, as opposed to just murdering someone in the street.

Curtis marked it as to-read Oct 02, Serious Quartfrstaff Comments Only: Swashbunny marked it as to-read Aug 13, figjting Meyer’s system uses many cuts and “handworks” that attempt to keep the weapon moving, which would be of great use to the long zweihander. One-handed spear, used with a shieldwill be very different.

I guess a sharp point does potentially threaten the wielder and maybe weakens the staff for blows that quartegstaff right by the tip, but that’s small cost to pay for improved thrusting ability.