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The Medieval Dagger Vol. 1 by Guy Windsor
The Medieval Dagger Vol. 1 by Guy Windsor

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Mastering the Art of Arms Volume 1
The Medieval Dagger
by Guy Windsor

The term “medieval martial arts” conjures images of armoured knights wielding sword, lance, and axe. While the image is correct, at the foundation of knightly combat was a sophisticated form of close quarter combat, centered on fighting with—and against—the dagger, a deadly weapon of both self-defense and last resort.

In this book, Guy Windsor presents a complete guide to the principles and practice of Italian dagger combat, set down in Il Fior di Battaglia a manuscript written in 1410. Readers are guided step-by-step through the process of mastering this six hundred year old art, from choosing a dagger to striking with it; from guard positions to steps and turns; from disarms to locks and takedowns; from safe falling practice to formal drills, and finally pressure testing their skills with sparring.

Both a primer on the art and a methodology for on-going training, this book will give the complete novice a solid starting point, while providing useful drills and ideas for advanced martial artists. Those who study other traditional knife arts, and modern military combatives, will find many familiar techniques present in this ancient system.

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About the Author
Guy Windsor is a world-renowned instructor and a pioneering researcher into medieval and renaissance martial arts. He has been teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship in Helsinki, Finland, in 2001. His first book, The Swordsman’s Companion, became an instant classic when it was published in 2004.

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5 of 5 A great resource for traditional dagger combat May 19, 2018
Reviewer: Ryan K from Pittsburgh, PA United States  
All of the plays are clearly explained. Being a visual learner i'm glad that pictures are there alongside to detail the proper way to perform every movement. Overall a great resource to learn from.

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5 of 5 solid book. easy to understand June 10, 2016
Reviewer: jeff k from West saint paul, MN United States  
Good pictures. Easy to use.

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5 of 5 Nice Book .... March 14, 2016
Reviewer: Stephen Gould from Golden, CO United States  
Nice Book ....

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