The Liechtenauer tradition of 15th and 16th century Germany is most closely associated with the longsword. This tradition involved training with more weapons than just the longsword however. One of the most important fighting disciplines was the art of wrestling, or “Ringen”.
A medieval fencer would have been expected to be able to grapple when unarmed as well to be able to fight with various weapons. At our training facility in Glasgow, we teach medieval wrestling as a complement to our longsword classes. Many important biomechanical skills and principles, such as proper footwork, grounding and balance can all be taught and improved through wrestling. Practising Ringen will help people to develop their stance and structure, and students at our wrestling classes will see many parallels between the armed and unarmed medieval techniques. To gain the most out of these disciplines, we recommend that students attend both the wrestling and longsword classes.
We value safety in our classes, and so techniques are always introduced slowly, and all students are introduced to “break-falling” (how to fall safely without being injured) before they can throw a partner or be thrown by them.
Feel free to come along to one of our regular weekly classes and have a go, or even sit and watch a session to see if it would be of interest to you. Send us an email if you would like to ask us any questions beforehand, or just swing by and speak to the instructor on the night.