Category Archives: Polearm

Meyer’s Pike – Equipment, Guards, and a Basic Drill

The hardest part about studying pike is actually finding a pike. During Meyer’s time, the late 16th century, a typical pike would range from 15 to 22 feet long. Even if something that long could be found, transporting it would … Continue reading

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Practice Notes for July 7, 2015

Open Session – Broadsword Some of us were looking at “Anti-Pugilism or the Science of Defence Exemplified in Short and Easy Lessons for the practice of the Broad Sword and Single Stick”. This book is available in the codex “Highland … Continue reading

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Proposed Terminology for Gripping the Staff, Spear, and Similar Weapons

There are numerous ways to hold a short staff or quarterstaff. Unfortunately none of the manuals I’ve run across seem to enumerate these succinctly. So in order to make conversations about these weapons easier, I am proposing this set of … Continue reading

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Paulus Hector Mair’s Halberd – The First Two Oberhau

Stance The halberds are held high on the haft, with the left foot forward and the left knee deeply bent.  According to the illustration, the right hand can have a normal or reverse grip. For this drill we experimented with … Continue reading

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Polearm Terminology According to Paulus Hector Mair

Based on the research contained in the book Polearms of Paulus Hector Mair, translated by David James Knight and Brian Hunt. Shortstaff / Short Spear Roughly 6 foot long Lance / Longstaff Mair uses weapons that were about 10 feet … Continue reading

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What is a Partisan?

Tom Leoni describes a partisan as: The origins of this weapons are unknown, although it is undoubtedly a variant of the traditional spear. It was in vogue between the 16th and 17th Centuries, used alone or in conjunction with the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Pike – Guards Part 2

Last time we covered the high, middle, and side guards. In all three of these the right hand was held by the flank. These final three are more varied. Obserhut zum Stoss – High Guard for the Thrust According to … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Pike – Guards Part 1

The pike’s length makes it a usual weapon its guards reflect it. It is the only weapon I’ve seen thus far that actually requires you to support it with your body rather than just your hands. There are six primary … Continue reading

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Possible Simulators for Marozzo’s Partisan

As I currently lack access to a translation the best I can offer is my half-remembered lessons. Practical – Metal This is the spear being used in SCA Rapier Spears program. It isn’t the prettiest thing in the world, but … Continue reading

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Polearms of Paulus Hector Mair

Another for the shopping list… From the author: Brian Hunt and I are very pleased to announce that, after three years, we have finally completed and submitted to Paladin Press our translation of the five unarmored polearms chapters from Mair’s … Continue reading

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