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Medieval Wrestling
Modern Practice of a Fifteenth-Century Art

By Jessica Finley

Medieval Wrestling
Paperback, 184 pages £22.00
Published: 2014
ISBN: 9781937439118
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Freelance Academy Press, History, Medieval Studies, Military History

In the Middle Ages, wrestling was practiced as both pastime and self-defense by every level of society - nobles, townsman and peasants alike - and was regarded as the foundation of all other martial arts. And no medieval wrestler's name looms as large as that of the Jewish master Ott, 'wrestler to the noble Princes of Austria', whose treatise is included in over a dozen fencing manuscripts.

In this first of its kind book, Jessica Finley of the renowned medieval martial arts association, the Selohaar Fechtschule, guides the reader on a journey that begins with the historical background of Ott's wrestling and culminates in step-by-step instruction for practicing the techniques of this ancient fighting art. Both the lover of history and the wrestler on the mat will find this work an invaluable resource.


Chapter 1: Martial Arts of Medieval Germany

Chapter 2: Master Ott, the Baptised Jew

Chapter 3: Organization of Ott's Treatise

Chapter 4: Ott's Prologue and Fight Theory

Chapter 5: Basic Wrestling

Chapter 6: Stance and Grips

Chapter 7: Treatment of the Techniques

Appendix A: Ott's Wrestling from the Von Danzig Fechtbuch

Appendix B: Ott's Treatise across Manuscripts

Appendix C: Drills and Class Notes


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Jessica Finley has been a student of the sword for over fourteen years. Her interest began in stage combat, but quickly branched out to German Medieval Swordsmanship. She had been a student of the Selohaar Fechtschule, within which she held a rank of Free Scholar, and has founded three chapters of that organization as she has moved across the country. Currently, she lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and children.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 184 pages
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
  HIS027000, HIS037010
 Freelance Academy Press


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