Illustration of Takedowns From a German Fechtbuch

Illustration of Takedowns From a German Fechtbuch

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Two colored illustrations in a book depict German grappling techniques. The men on the left demonstrate a takedown and the men on the right demonstrate what appears to be an arm bar. There is no text on the pages to elaborate on the moves.


Illustration: early 16th century AD


This illustration of ringen (German grappling) techniques is from an early 16th century Solothurner fechtbuch, a treatise on fighting from Solothurn, Switzerland. The illustrations depict a takedown on the left and an arm bar on the right.

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Welle, R. (1993). “–und wisse das alle höbischeit kompt von deme ringen”: Der Ringkampf als adelige Kunst im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert. Pfaffenweiler: Centaurus-Verlagsgesellschaft.