Highland Knife Fighting with the Dirk and Sgian

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In this entertaining and informative look at the Highland dirk, author Christopher Thompson examines a number of Scottish historical and oral sources to document the role of the knife in Gaelic society. Although worn by all classes of society, the dirk was the primary weapon of the common clansmen, and since it was worn indoors as well as outdoors, it was the favored weapon for acts of revenge and self-defense. Highland Knife Fighting traces the historical roots of the dirk, which is believed to be descended ...
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Overview


In this entertaining and informative look at the Highland dirk, author Christopher Thompson examines a number of Scottish historical and oral sources to document the role of the knife in Gaelic society. Although worn by all classes of society, the dirk was the primary weapon of the common clansmen, and since it was worn indoors as well as outdoors, it was the favored weapon for acts of revenge and self-defense. Highland Knife Fighting traces the historical roots of the dirk, which is believed to be descended from the medieval ballock dagger, and provides step-by-step instructions and photos in how the Highlanders used the knife. Lessons include holding, carrying and using the dirk with a sword and targe; choosing the proper guards; responding to sudden attacks from in and out of distance; using the dirk for the seven principal "bone-breakings"; and executing the throw from Highland wrestling. Also included are exercises and drills, including the advanced quickdraw drill, and combative techniques of the Scottish dirk dance positions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581605662
  • Publisher: Paladin Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 716,003
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Christopher Thompson is the author of Lannaireachd:Gaelic Swordsmanship, a training manual on the use of the Highland broadsword. A resident of Portland, Maine, Thompson is the president of the Cateran Society, a national organization that promotes historical fencing with Highland weapons.

In 200, Louis Pastore began researching martial arts that were practiced throughout Scotland and Europe. In 2004 he was accepted as a pupil of John Wesencraft, the only surviving teacher of the Highland dirk dance, as taught to Tom Flett in the 1950s.

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Table of Contents

1 The Dirk in Gaelic Society 1

2 Mastering the Dirk 5

Holding the Dirk

Carrying the Dirk

Using the Dirk with the Sword and Targe

Throwing the Dirk

3 Guards 15

First Guard

Second Guard

Third Guard

Fourth Guard

Fifth Guard

4 Responding to an Attack 21

Time

Distance

Footwork

Using Your Hands

Quickdraw

Sudden Attacks

5 Throws from Highland Wrestling 39

The Back Heel

Sweeping or Tripping

Hamming

The Crook

Hankering the Heel

The Lock

The Buttock

The Swinging Hipe

The Chip

Shifting

6 Bone-Breakings 47

Headbutting

Palm Strike Displacement

Trapping and Controlling

Kicking Punching

7 Knife Against Knife 53

On the Defensive

On the Offensive

8 Going on the Offensive 57

Displacing Counterattacks Using the Free Hand

The Attack

The Feint

The Invitation

The Continuation

The Recovery or Throwing of the Opponent

9 The Dirk Dance Positions 65

10 Exercises and Drills 71

Stabbing and Slashing Exercises

The Twelve Doors of the Soul Exercise

The "Leslie" Exercise

Two-Person Drills

Advanced Quickdraw Drill

Appendix 1 Combative Techniques in the Scottish Dirk Dance 95

Appendix 2 The Manx Dirk Dance 105

Appendix 3 The Cateran Society 107

Glossary 109

About the Authors 111

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