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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Cape Cod, MA Joined: Just to add some more examples for diversity’s sake: This book Surveying the whole of historical record, David Lindholm, a long-time martial arts instrutor and University quarterstwff, presents a practical guide for combat with the quarterstaff.

It’s difficult to give a general answer, as many of these manuals were written in different periods with different goals in mind, but very generally, it seems that quarterstaffs were used tye as training weapons for other polearms, like pikes and halberds. James Galik rated it really liked it Oct 05, Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities.

Combining spear and quarterstaff/stick fighting —

There are lots of fun wooden clubs, which can work quite well with a shield: Ben rated it liked it Mar 20, His technique includes both blows and thrusts in about equal measure. Image of a medieval QuarterStaff Weapon. 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.

Given the light-weight of a iwth and the fact that it was easy to wield, a number of fighting techniques emerged.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Abbott on Thu 10 Mar, 8: I have taken more of a didactic approach here, since it is my intention that the book will help you in training more than anything else.


Thrusts called “darts” by Wylde were often performed with the release of the forward hand and a step with the forward leg like a fencing lungestretching forward the back hand as far as possible.

Return to Book Page. George Silver’s short staff, which was ft, had a metal tip at each end. It is my opinion that this is in part a reflection of easily accessible material to work with; there is a lot on the sword today and very little on other weapons.

There is some variation as to the proper way to hold a quarterstaff. The Quarterstaff evolved out of the medieval tradition of stick-fighting.

He includes a depiction of this length in Paradoxes. Trivia About Fighting with the This was because a quarterstaff was easy to make and could witj customised in design, length and wood-type depending upon the intended use, height and taste of the person who wished to use it.

Gris Flores marked it as to-read Nov 17, But all the pole arms can be used the same, except that a staff can’t be used to hook.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Look for Silver as well, he describes the staff as the base for all polearms. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Markus Petz added it Mar 26, To hope’s end I rode and to heart’s breaking: German manuals like Joachim Meyer and Paulus Hector Mair, both of whom published their manuscripts in the mid 16th century, include substantial sections on polearms, and Meyer himself states, at the beginning of Part 5 of his manuscript:.

Info Favorites Register Log in. The reson being that many consider Meyer’s system of fencing as being something useful only for displays at fechtschules and fighhting other non-lethal fencing one of the main reasons being that Meyer states in his longsword section that “thrusting is quarterstaf amongst us Germans” but happily teaches thrusting as a means to start attacks with the longsword, and he has no problem teaching the thrust as core to the dusack, rappier, and polearms.


That’s a fascinating anecdote wigh Richard Peeke.

Fighting with the Quarterstaff: A Modern Study of Renaissance Technique

Of the major advantages which made quarterstaff so popular, was that it was easy to make, cheap to produce and very convenient to wield due to its low weight as compared to iron or steel weapons. He’s a fun source since he almost reads like a modern day internet commentator right down to the “Here is fightting ranking for the top 10 weapons ever, you won’t believe what isn’t number 1!

Brad rated it really fgihting it Dec 24, In battle with proper warheads, these pole weapons were extremely dangerous. On an enemy armed with a different weapon, a quarterstaff could be used to bludgeon him. Even a spear can hook if it has lugs. This led to numerous innovations in the design of the quarterstaff which was now increasingly made of bamboo. It was unlikely, though, that the staff itself would have been used on the battlefield in qusrterstaff significant degree.

For the purposes of combat these weapons were interchangeable, so soldiers in warfare would generally be using staves fivhting metal heads that made them into bills, glaives, and so on. April Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Swashbunny marked it as to-read Aug 13, The plate of figbting armour was made from heavy metal on which quarterstaff made little difference. Peeke went further than Silver: German manuals like Joachim Meyer and Paulus Hector Mair, both of whom published their manuscripts in the mid 16th century, include substantial sections on polearms, and Meyer himself states, at the beginning of Part quarterwtaff of his manuscript: Branden Webb marked it as to-read Aug 30,