In a former article we saw...
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Subject: Bayonet fencing / Stick fencing
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 1995 16:15:41 GMT
Bayonet fencing has long been a popular form of fencing in several European
countries, but it kind of dissapeared after WWII. At our fencing club (PSV
Eindhoven in the Netherlands) we have now introduced bayonet fencing.
Is there anyone out there who is also involved in bayonet fencing, or has
some information on bayonet fencing in his own country (past or present)?
(I have heared about some kind of bayonet fencing in Japan (not sure if this
is real fencing) and in France.)
Secondly, about each European country, up to the end of the previous
century, seems to have had its own types of stick fighting. In England the
short stick and 'backswording' were known, in France 'La canne de combat',
in the Netherlands fencers used a long stick and a short stick technique
known as fencing with 'lange en korte stok' and there are names as cudgel,
sapling, quarterstaff etcetera. Who can give more information on all these
kinds of 'extinct' fencing? Are there people still involved in these
activities? What types of fencing (using sticks or other weapons) were used
in your country? Is there a survey of all these different techniques?
Eindhoven University of Technology
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Probably the best history of fencing of which I know is Schools and Masters of
Fence, by Edgerton Castle, which despite the prejudices of the author towards
the french school of foil, and what i feel to be a misinterpretation of all
of fencing history as leading up to this, is definitely worth the difficulty
that can be had in attempting to ge ahold of it. Sir Richard Burton wrote a
work dealing with the use of the bayonet, but I have never seen it.
The Japanese art, I seem to recall, is called jukendo(?) -- it utilizes
bamboo staves similar to those used in Kendo. I know that it is practiced in
this country, but where, I do not know. There are also no books on the subject
to my knowledge.
As to quarterstaff fencing, I have made some forays into this realm, and the y
only advice I hae to offer is not to skimp on protective equipment, make it
illegal to actually connect with blows and thrusts to the head. I have experi
mented with PVC tubes with padding around them, but have not solved the whip-
over problems that can thus result.
I have also been working on the theory of quarterstaff fencing, using both
personal experience, and old texts, together with some forms from Kung Fu, and
Japanese bo kata, but as of yet, I do not feel confident enough to publish
any of my work on this.
Albert W. Lombardini