Early 20th Century Street Defense

In the late part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th the early part of the major cities of Europe especially, London, Paris were ridden with street crime mostly unchecked by the local authorities.  The gentlefolk of the time turned to the salles and fencing schools of the time to develop […]


The staff or just a strong stick is, along with the rock, the oldest weapon. Used since the Stone Age, it has persisted until the 20th century.   In Europe, staff weapons, AKA polearms, were popular weapons for the military from the 12th to the 17th centuries.   In previous centuries, it was a common […]

The Khopesh

In this class we will explore the use and fighting style of the Egyptian Khopesh, from 3rd millennium BCE – 1300 BCE. The curvature of the blade made it stronger and the thick blade gave it extra cutting power for dismembering exposed limbs. Another use of the curve was to hook an opponent’s arm or […]