This class will examine the context for Medieval knife defense. As in modern knife defense, if you see the knife before the attack, you should apply a hasty retreat as your primary defense. It is only when this is impossible, as in close-quarters grappling distance, are these defenses necessary. When analyzed and practiced in this context, with large knives and in substantial clothing, the principles are clearly designed to maximize your chance for survival.
Required Equipment: Students should bring wooden or plastic rondel daggers. Some small number will be available if you do not have one.
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced