Man vs. Feind!

We aren’t responsible for our own safety the way we used to be.  In the industrial world we’re safer from attack than ever but still live in daily fear.  Fear is an excellent way to keep the masses at bay.

Joachim Köppe’s 1619 Kunst des Fechtens.

Joachim Köppe’s 1619 Kunst des Fechtens.

What is Irish stick fighting?

Nothing like a good piece of wood when you’re in a tight spot. Working in remote places with a bad dog problem, a walking stick or staff can be quite a comfort. You can carry one without looking (too much) like a thug even.

I don't do long sword

You’ve probably heard of Irish stick before or at least if you clicked on this article you are no doubt curious about what it really is. The art called bataireacht or boiscín is a peculiar martial art not only because of its history but also because it has only recently begun to rise back from nearly total extinction. It is known around certain circles such as Historical European Martial Arts but even in Ireland you will find very few who know of its existence and even fewer who practice it.

This article is meant as a complete basic overview of the history and practice of Irish stick. It will be part of a book to be published on the subject of the history and techniques of this art.

1. Deep roots

like many old martial arts the origins of Irish stick are extremely hard if not impossible to determine. Mankind has…

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