SICHELFECHTEN! Or, German Peasant Combat
Aedh Ua Ruairc
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The sickle is a rather small, curved bladed tool used for cutting grain throughout human history, even to modern times. Sometimes, though, you just needed to kill a man and that sickle was the tool you had to do it with. Paulus Hector Mair's Arte Athletica laid out the system of sickle combat taught in German schools: a brutal, close quarters fight that included ripping off arms, breaking limbs, and throwing opponents to the ground when all else failed, and also occasionally using the sickle. We'll go over the basics of the system, including how to practice the plays safely so you and your friends can study the Sichelfecht as well.
Bring a mask, gorget, cup, and gloves (low-profile HMA gloves work, but full demi-gauntlets interfere with the techniques).