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  1. Jack Rusher is offline
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    Old WMA Manuals Online

    An acquaintance of mine runs a blog that specializes in scans from old books. He has, from time to time, provided high-quality images of old European texts on fighting. In each case, there's a description of the source, a number images and a link to a library's collection that contains more (often the entire text). Many of these images are hosted on Flickr, just click through if they appear broken in your browser.


    -- from Alte Armatur und Ringkunst by Hans Talhoffer, 1459.


    -- from The Fechtbüch ('fighting/fencing manual') of Paulus Kal, sometime before 1479.


    -- from Volume I of De Arte Athletica by Paul (Paulus) Hector Mair (mid-1500s)


    -- from Gründtliche Beschreibung des Fechtens ('Background description of fencing') by Joachim Meyer, 1570.


    -- from Academie de l'Espee ('Sword Academy') by Girard Thibault d’Anvers, 1630.

    I'm sure some of you have more to contribute.
    “Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
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    http://www.paravoid.se/hema/manuscripts.html has links to and/or hosts a huge range of PDFs of old combat treatises, manuscripts and manuals. The Renaissance German and Italian martial arts are especially well represented.
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    Jack- where's the one in your avatar from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra
    Jack- where's the one in your avatar from?
    De Arte Athletica by Paul (Paulus) Hector Mair, third from the top in the first post.
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    De Arte Athletica has much clearer (to me) illustrations than most. Good stuff. Loltastic as well.
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    Need I say it?

    http://stores.lulu.com/lawson

    15 antique manuals and counting (plus 2 modern works on antique methods).

    And I just started scanning for my next project. "How to Wrestle - Instructions of Frank Gotch"



    After that will by Dick's Wrestling (stop snickering - that's really the title and publisher).

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    A round of applause for Kirk, who really goes above and beyond the call of duty in making these rare manuals available to the MA community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR
    A round of applause for Kirk, who really goes above and beyond the call of duty in making these rare manuals available to the MA community.
    Here, here!
    “Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
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    you know

    it's funny to me

    you can look at the development of art - the development of depth in particular - right on this page and see that yes, it is possible to miss something "fundamental" for 100s of years.
    There's no choice but to confront you, to engage you, to erase you. I've gone to great lengths to expand my threshold of pain. I will use my mistakes against you. There's no other choice.
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