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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The height of the staff should be around the same as the user plus their hand set upright on their head usually about 20 centimeters. hhe

The same circling round of the back leg was applied to parries also. Trampas Jones marked it as to-read Jul 31, The quarterstaff has some advantages over the longsword; it is visually nonthreatening but can be just as deadly, and will even be more dangerous to an armored person than a longsword. A person could bludgeon the enemy with it, beat him with it, even pierce him with the sharpened iron tips at the ends.

Out of doubt, out of dark to the day’s rising I came singing in the sun, sword unsheathing. 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. Branden Webb marked it as to-read Aug 30, Return to Book Page.

Combining spear and quarterstaff/stick fighting —

It was unlikely, though, that the staff itself would have been used on the battlefield in any significant degree. Surveying the whole of historical record, David Lindholm, a long-time martial arts instrutor and University lecturer, presents a practical guide for combat with the quarterstaff.

Quarterstaffs are present in a wide variety of medieval fechtbucher, and continue to have a presence in later periods, as well. I seem to recall he had a great deal to say about the rapier and continental-style sword fighting, none of it positive.


The spear tip would probably get in the way and unbalance the staff, and the staff would have no point to use as a spear. Open Preview See a Problem? Tyron Harrison marked it as to-read Nov 14, The term is generally accepted to refer to a shaft of hardwood from 6 to 9 feet 1.

Looks like a really interesting read!

Medieval Quarterstaff Weapon

We fall to the level of our training” Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. Joseph Swetnamwriting indistinguishes between the “quarterstaff” of 7 or 8 feet 2. There is a picture in that link of a person demonstrating how to find the perfect length for those weapons.

Flghting the 16th century, a quarterstaff was a popular weapon all over England and many innovations were used in creating diverse types of Quarterstaves.

That’s interesting, because various modern fictions movies and gaming seem to borrow the staff “as long as the wielder is tall” – borrowing from the Bo – and Silver’s staff is a lot longer.

Views Read Edit View history. Dubravko marked it as to-read Jan 24, Quarterstaff Weapon Definition Quarterstaff as a weapon referred to a staff made out of hardwood which can vary in length between 6 to 9 feet. One of the key disadvantages of the quarterstaff is that its major composition is wood. Quzrterstaff England, a quarterstaff became a popular personal weapon by the 16th century where it was used for one-on-one combat as well as for sports purposes.

One-handed spear, used with a shieldwill be very different. Barwick even specified that the sword should have “no hilt but a cross only” and wrote that the “long sword” should not be used by either cavalry or infantry. Soaringclaws marked it as to-read Aug 19, 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.

Now, we know that the dusack was absolutely a battlefield weapon, but even here it’s quarterstaft taught as one element in Meyer’s complete system. To hope’s end I rode and fightiing heart’s breaking: 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 often as training weapons for other polearms, like pikes and halberds. Peeke defeated all 3, killing one of them in the process.


Look up quarterstaff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. I have a brief discussion of the staff in history with some interesting notes on the situation in Germany and England, included are some interesting illustrations of the staff as seen and used in everyday life.

With the bo, thrusts are a thing too, it is a small target area, and a fast attack.

Stone rated it really liked it May 09, Or what about dueling with short, close range spears? Sad to say it is impossible to include quarteretaff in a book no matter how much I desire to do so. Meyer, who wrote in the mid 16th century, is often argued as being removed from this tradition, although his manuscript quotes directly from Liechtenauer’s zettel.

Quarterstaff – Wikipedia

And you can cut with a spear, so you have the perfect circle of technique. So do we have no sources but his own word for that story?

Blows were primarily delivered downwards either directly or at angles. The Quarterstaff had a wide bevy of advantages for the wielder. The sheer versatility of the quarterstaff as a weapon made it unpredictable for the enemy and thus, very effective in certain scenarios. Look for Silver as well, he describes the staff as the base for all polearms. Corey marked it as to-read Jul 08,