Some surprising martial arts techniques from the German Renaissance courtesy of fencing master Hans Talhoffer. I’m especially interested in the bare-handed blade grabbing techniques. Clearly the entire length of the blade was not sharpened, though as you can tell by the final image, they were certainly lethal, so these swords were apparently not blunted for practice. I also like the idea of trapping the opponent’s blade against the body. It’s pretty cool to see fencing without the strict rules and etiquette of competition sport. This is much more of a free-for-all. Don’t ever turn your nose up at a dirty trick that might save your life.
Hans Talhoffer was a 15th century German fencing master. His martial lineage is unknown, but his writings make it clear that he had some connection to the tradition of Johannes Liechtenauer, the grand master of the Medieval German school of fencing.