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Medieval Wrestling by Jessica Finley
Medieval Wrestling by Jessica Finley

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Medieval Wrestling: Modern Practice of a Fifteenth Century Art
by Jessica Finley

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.

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5 of 5 October 11, 2023
Reviewer: Drew Lott from Seattle, WA United States  

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5 of 5 A great book with tons of solid information May 19, 2016
Reviewer: Matthew Sennett from Bel Air, MD United States  
A definite must read for anyone starting or continuing to study Ringen.  Everything is broken down into very easy to understand principles.

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