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Warspite101 Sep 2021 2:29 a.m. PST

Although taken from a 1570 book these moves might apply to any pole weapon from the 14th century to the early 17th century:

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Stryderg01 Sep 2021 2:43 p.m. PST

That is a lot more dynamic than I envisioned it would be. Thanks for the rabbit hole I now must follow.

dapeters02 Sep 2021 10:13 a.m. PST

Just be aware that in a battle men would be standing very close to each other and that there would be folks standing behind so the more dynamic stuff would be problematic. One of the criticism is that these books were published in hopes of gaining employment. The combat featured is tournament or judicial. I am not saying that this is fake or not applicable but…

Stryderg02 Sep 2021 12:27 p.m. PST

It does show that combat with halberds could be more than just lines of troops chopping back and forth at each other, which is what I mostly pictured before watching the videos.

The actor and actress look to be in pretty good shape. I wonder if a halberd inspired work out video would catch on.

Heedless Horseman03 Sep 2021 11:39 p.m. PST

Don't forget that Halberds were also preferred kit for 'Guards'… not always in 'massed' battle formations. A Sharp, scary looking, Pointy thing that could keep people at a distance with much less 'skill' than sword.
Training would improve 'skills'.

CeruLucifus05 Sep 2021 10:55 a.m. PST

I didn't watch all but it's interesting. Thank you for posting.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa08 Sep 2021 8:29 a.m. PST

Interesting, but I'm also sceptical of how those manuals might relate to the battlefield experience (if at all). The moves look impressive, but I'd note the 'opponent' is quite passive and appears to be there for the purposes of demonstration only. No idea how effective they'd be against a more active opponent – there look to be openings left.
And there's the occasional look on the 'opponents' face that suggests she's considering doing something nasty and very definitely not in the manual but that would probably give her the 'win'.

Heedless Horseman11 Sep 2021 2:52 a.m. PST

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa
Well, it IS a demo.. but certainly opportunities for doing something 'nasty'… but, just maybe, 'Cod Pieces', 'just might' have originated as 'Cricket Boxes'… but to show 'bravado'… became a fashion? Just a thought! lol.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa25 Sep 2021 10:12 a.m. PST

Wasn't necessarily meaning a literal low blow….!

But many, many years ago I did see a demonstration of Tudor sword and buckler fighting at the Leeds Armouries, which IIRC did include a kick at crotch! Both participants where in period dress including cod pieces, though they weren't wearing doublets.

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