Codex Wallerstein: A Medieval Fighting Book from the Fifteenth Century on the Longsword, Falchion, Dagger, and Wrestling Paperback – July 1, 2002
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About the Author
Bartlomiej Walczak is a student of nuclear physics, but his real passion is the study of medieval martial arts, which he has been pursuing since 1997. He is the chief of the Brotherhood of the Eagles' Nests, a member of the Historical European Martial Arts Community and the director of Association for Renaissance Martial Arts in Poland. Currently, he is working on a training curriculum based on Johannes Liechtenauer's teachings.
- Item Weight : 2.39 pounds
- Paperback : 398 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1581605854
- ISBN-13 : 978-1581605853
- Publisher : Paladin Press (July 1, 2002)
- Product Dimensions : 8.46 x 0.98 x 10.86 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,083,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While others may find this volume a bit advanced for the novice of medieval swordsmanship, I find the pictures and descriptions eminently understandable (and I'm certainly a novice). Frankly, learning any martial art through a book is a bit of a challenge, but, in this case, the manual is extremely easy to follow, which accounts in large part for its popularity in the 15th Century. The text focuses on the REAL art of the fighting man, centering on applications of the long sword, dagger, falchion and unarmed combat, and it's neither "chivalrous" in the modern sense of the word, nor pretty. The techniques within are designed for the professional fighting man, and the full emphasis is on surviving a fight, and not looking pretty while you do it. As such, in using the techniques, you will get cut, without a doubt - some of the holds, particularly in unarmed versus armed combat, and such put your bare skin on the edge of the opponents blade. However, they do increase the likelihood of being the one to walk (or stagger, or stumble) away from the encounter.
From the perspective of one only interested in the historical aspects, the book is fascinating in that it presents facsimiles of the original plates from the book, with a Latin alphabet version of the old German text on each plate, as well as modern German and English translations of the text. It's also fascinating, again, in that this was designed for the professional warrior, and the presumed context in which it would be read, and intent and value system of the reader of the day, is vastly different from what many hold as misconceptions of the period.
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One criticism is that the Falchion section is very small, literally 4 pages long i believe. I bought this book largely (initially) on the strength that i would learn more of the facts of this weapons' use.
That bieng said it is very expansive on the longsword and grappling (some of which i am finding works well in an mma environment), and it has rekindled my interest in the multitude of techniques it can offer, such as striking with the hilt/guard and so forth.
This book is also quick to take into account that we are not all the same, and it specifies very often that a larger/ stronger man can take advantage in certain situations. Bieng 5'11 and 130kg and a gym fanatic, in free sparring i have found this to be completely accurate, and the codex wallerstein did not dissapoint when i disengaged a sword lock clinch by simply throwing the smaller opponent with ease taking advantage of the fact he is gripping a weapon and cannot defend the takedown without reacting very fast. Lesson learned, the leaner man has his superior speed but should not initiate the clinch unless unavoidable.
Rememeber that even with armour/pads on, wooden or dull-non live weapons can still cause serious damage, and repeating some of the techniques shown here are very inadvisable unless you dont want any more sparring partners - Use common sense.