The halberd, a combination of spear, hook, and axe, is one of the most deadly weapons of the battlefield. The axe is used to cleave and split a knight at the weak points in his armour, or batter his most defended places, crushing the man inside. The hook us a cruel tool for hauling men from horseback, pulling down shields, hooking and tearing weapons from the hands and limbs from the body. The spear drives through weak spaces in the under arms, beneath the chin, and under the camail attacking deftly and assuredly at distance. Get too close and the haft of the weapon is an effective tool for throwing and binding the opponent and forcing them to submit, where ransom may be a more economically advantageous ending to a bout than death.
Students in this workshop will learn:
- Use of the poleaxe to strike, crush, thrust, and grapple.
- How to deal with close plays and counter the weapon's weaknesses.
- Striking with every surface of the weapon.
- Use of the poleweapon against an armoured, unarmed, and mounted man.
A strenuous but fun workshop that will entertain and challenge martial practitioners of all experience levels and backgrounds.
Learn to fend off ruffians and rapscallions with Vancouver's most common weather-based accoutrement.
In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn the art of self-defense with an umbrella or cane. Based on the Bartitsu system developed in turn of the century Victorian England, stick fighting is a practical, easily applied system of self-defense for any gentleman or lady.
This workshop is suitable for participants of any fitness level and also allows students to continue on in our ongoing Bartitsu classes.