FROM BATTLEFIELDS TO DUELLING: The evolution of Jogo do Pau
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(Aug 05, 2015)
Lessons from a historical fencing system that resisted the test of time
Finding it challenging to systematize how historical fencing techniques were influenced by opponents' traits???
Jogo do Pau's unbroken lineage of several centuries culminated in a fully structured curriculum, with its take on combat context being helpful as blueprint for HEMA's trainees & researchers.
This DVD covers how technique and tactics developed over time as an adaptation to a variety of combat circumstances, e.g. how outnumbered combat and duelling against opponents of different traits brought about specific adaptations regarding combatants' selection of:
- Starting position
- Parrying technique
- Defensive footwork
- Counter attack selection
- Striking technique
PLUS, a top-down interpretation of the combat tactics that make up German longsword, intended to optimize tactical decision making amongst historical fencing combatants
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This is an excellent DVD for students of weapon based martial arts. Although the title suggests that it is a look at the history of Jogo do Pau, this is mostly an instructional DVD that explains many of the basic fundamentals of JdP and contains instruction in these fundamentals along with some simple drills. The instruction is presented along with the history lessons, which is great and makes it more fun to watch, but which also leads to some things being presented in a strange order (in a pedagogical sense). For example, fighting multiple opponents is the first lesson shown, because of how JdP shifted focus from multiple opponents to dueling. This is not an issue, as you should watch the whole DVD initially to gain familiarity with the system, and then view various sections as needed, in whatever order you prefer.
The audio is a little boomy in parts because of the location, but most of the narration is recorded separately by a person with a very clear and easy to understand voice. The production quality is very good for a martial arts DVD, and the content is very easy to understand and digest.
Luis Preto is an excellent fighter and teacher, and this shows in the video. I have worked with him in the past and he is full of insight and genuine knowledge and skill. Because this is based on a real martial art developed over centuries, and because it is presented by a genuine modern day practitioner and teacher of that art, its contents are invaluable both to people looking to learn JdP and for people who seek to supplement their training in other arts. If you're a beginner, you'll be amazed at some of the things Luis shows you. Some are so obvious and logical, and yet they are the kinds of things that you'd never think of on your own. If you're not a beginner, you'll see some things that are familiar to you, but also quite a bit of new insights that will improve your understanding of fighting.
In closing, if you're a student of weapon based martial arts or are thinking of becoming one, get this DVD, along with as many of Luis's other DVDs and books as you can afford. You will not regret it.
A good understanding of the interrelationships between guards, attacks and parries helps in creating a good perception of timing and distance. In such the dvd proves useful to practitioners and instructors of weapon arts, both modern and historical: the mentioned correlations are well explained and lead to simple pointers in the making of tactical decisions.
The pros and cons of stances and attacks are clearly demonstrated and in addendum illustrated in relation to the German school of the longsword.
If we didn’t already know it: here’s a living history we can profit from and here’s an instructor and coach who talks the talk and walks the walk.
I am not sure if you faced similar challenges, but I personally found often in old traditions in Italy non defined pedagogic methods, transmitted orally for centuries, sometimes restricted within certain circles. Methods that for the modern practitioner can be difficult to grasp immediately and that often require an actualization with current pedagogic knowledge. Actually some of these traditions have, like JdP, an uninterrupted continuation since medieval age (Sicilian and Apulian stick traditions can be traced back to 1100-1200), and bring with them all their centuries of battles and oral transmission.
Now: coming to the video. It is a very well organized and well directed and clear pedagogic work. It covers important aspects of the personal setting and strategies in a combat/duel, such as" how to "read your opponent" in the guard, timing, footwork. Strategies for counter attacks and striking options. I find the methods incorporating all the core principles of fencing, translated into two handed sticks.
There are several similarities (non surprisingly) with the two handed Italian sticks. In particular the traditional schools of south of Italy. But many elements of JdP are certainly the same of Italian XIX cent. two handed academic/military fencing sticks as well (Masters Cerri and Ceselli for instance).
Overall, Luis is a very clear speaker and a precise, professional instructor and a skilled stick fighter. On top of this, his pedagogic background and skills are strongly coming out in this DVD, that I certainly recommend to any western martial artists (well, any martial artists). Plus, the location of the video is certainly evocative and just about right. Good Job Luis! And thank you.