This Week in German HMA!

What? It still happens!

We’ve finished sickle and peasant staff, so I’ve cleaned those up and uploaded our translation and interpretations:

SICHELFECHTEN! aka Sickle fight, but it always sounds more brutal in German:

Fuste Agresti aka Peasant Staff. Sadly, I don’t have the German for it, but the bit where you implode Patiente’s face […]

Musing regarding German school stance

Of late I’ve been reading through my copy of Codex Wallerstein (I blame Rhonwen) and thinking thoughts about German footwork.

The 15th century manuals show a very upright and almost straight-legged stance:

Wallerstein (1470)

Talhoffer (1460)













The 16th century sources […]

This week in German HMA – October 1st to October 7th

We wrap up the sickle fight translations here, a little older, a little wiser, and in many cases having received a sickle shot to the taint. Wear protection.

Mair’s Sickle fight 15: Duae Incisiones Mediae Unde Habitus Sternendi Hostis Formatur – Mair says “When it doubt, choke ’em out”

Mair’s Sickle fight 16: Modus Per […]

This Week in German HMA – September 10th to September 16th

Five more to go, I wonder if we can squeeze them out in one week. Then we can move on to tree branches!

In the meantime, definitely time to get on those metal simulators…

Mair’s Sickle fight 12: Incisio supera contra eam qua latus impetitur – Pay no attention to the deviation from the system, […]

This Week in German HMA – August 20th to August 26th

Spinning back up here at the Warfare as Pennsic slowly starts to wear off and the work backlog thins to a manageable level.

Speaking of Pennsic, this happened at the A&S display:

Duke Cariadoc took a good long time reading the German Flail paper


And have I mentioned my plans for a […]

This Week in German HMA – July 16th-22nd

Week 2 of the New Plan, and so far, three more for the records:

Mair’s Sickle fight 6: Gemina incisio contra geminam aversionem – Which inspires little commentary

Mair’s Sickle fight 7: Supera et infera incisio cum suis aversionibus – Which makes Wistric swear, SWEAR that he can decode the system, leaving him crouching over […]

This week in German Martial Arts – July 9th-15th

Saturday, hanging out at Letia’s birthday party, Yzra said “I’m almost up to 100 pages translated!” I thought about it, and how I’ve got all of 10 of those pages up for public consumption, and said, “We may need to take a new tack to getting these on the WW.” “How so? Just post one […]

Mair’s Sickle fight 3: Incisio Contra Habitum Hostis Vellendi

From the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The moment of Patiente’s counter-strike, Agente on left, Patiente on right.


Translation by Rachel Barkley

Incision against the Position of an Enemy Pulling Away

In this fight, if you will have come up nearer to your enemy than before [1], you will place forward the right foot and […]

Mair’s Sickle fight 2: Inferior Et Superior Incisio

From the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Translation by Rachel Barkley

A Lower and and Upper Incision

In mutual combat, if you have prepared yourself in advance like an athlete for the competition[1], remember that you should fix forward the right foot and against the adversary you should control the grain sickle […]

Mair’s Sickle fight 1: Incisio Superna Falcis Frumentariae De Latere Utroque

From the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Starting positions, Agente on left, Patiente on right

Translation by Rachel Barkley

An Incision of the Grain Sickle from Above Down on Either Side

If you two are mutually engaged with a proper[1] sickle, you should put forward the right foot. You should grasp the sickle with the […]