Speaking of wrestling, a new essay by John Clements of ARMA, discusses the absence of ground fighting in the historical martial arts literature and the general nature of the grappling methods within. No special news in the essay, but it is a very good read and in my opinion very true. While there is nothing wrong with ground fighting and grappling and BJJ and the like, I think people who are into the historical side of things should think about this matter more. In events like Swordfish, where the unofficial wrestling events were the thickest concentration point of energy, it would’ve been nice to see people practice more ringen or abrazare than BJJ-inspired brawling.
Same goes to the other point expressed by Mr Clements, that the wrestling is sometimes seen as too separate of an aspect from the swordwork, sometimes people either fence with swords or then they wrestle, but the middle ground, the entry into wrestling and an intelligent use of the weapons in closer than optimal range is often overlooked..
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