The reasoning behind the approximate year is based on the analysis of the garments worn by the individuals in the illustrations. Found in the opening of the manuscript, what appears to be a depiction of David and Goliath It is unfortunate that very little is known about this manuscript, including the name of the author, however, one can deduce by the opening illustrations of the source of the title. The images, which appear on the right depict "David" on the left plate, carrying a rock and a sling, and "Goliath" on the right plate, obviously larger than David larger images are available below. The is also evidence that the manuscript is not complete. There are many blank pages in the manuscript not included in this online version , and that there are a number of pages that have perhaps one or two sentences written, and the rest is blank, giving the appearance that it is incomplete. This is most evident when comparing the writing style of the longsword section with that of the dagger section.

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So take up with an inverted grab: grab your right arm with your left hand, which is inverted at the top and under his right arm, and press on hard and back, while stepping with your right foot in and behind. So while inverting your hand, block with your dagger underneath his right hand. With your left hand grab on through to your right arm and grab your blade.

See illustration: yank strongly towards yourself, in order to put pressure on the arm. With an inverted hold take in with your left hand underneath and behind his blade; push the arm while taking up. See illustration: while maintaining the hold behind the front of the blade, swing your dagger over his right arm, and draw in hard to yourself, so you can break the arm. Otherwise swish over his arm; when you have it restrained there in this way, you can poke his dagger in his face. Take in the dagger.

When this happens grab the blade that is, of your fighting hand , and strongly go in with it, and shift the dagger over and behind his head.

See illustration: draw in strongly from behind him toward the ground. Block vertically with the blade, and step in. Drive on in and behind him, and swing downwards while sliding your dagger along his dagger. Bring your arm from behind; from under, grab the neck and pull, and take in the dagger. Stick the dagger underneath his right leg and strongly push through. Lift toward the back, and take in the dagger. Set yourself low at stomach level, and block with your inverted left hand just above the wrist.

Swing in with your right hand with your dagger, strike his right elbow, and yank in hard on him when you restrain his arm. Take in the dagger which will break the arm. Drive on in, and hit his mouth with your dagger. Grab your dagger to be precise, the blade of the fighting hand , and drop in vertically along his dagger. Block his dagger to be precise, the fighting hand dagger with yours. Then press in with the dagger you have in your right hand quickly, drive onto his right hand by the wrist, and catch his dagger with yours.

Continue to press in with that hand and support it with your abdomen. Using your left hand, yank his lower arm toward yourself.



Goliath presents a number of extremely effective dagger techniques. Most of these techniques can also be found in the works of other Medieval and Renaissance masters. However, in some cases Goliath provide details about how to perform these techniques that are not as clear or are lacking in the other works. In addition, in select cases Goliath presents a different manner of performing a technique. In three images the man who is performing the technique is shown having been grabbed by his adversary. However, note that when you grab a person you gives him a split second in which to perform a counter technique.


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Predecessors[ edit ] Detail of the wrestling scenes at Beni Hasan. Some early testimonies of historical martial arts consist of series of images only. The earliest example is a fresco in tomb 15 at Beni Hasan , showing illustrations of wrestling techniques dating to the 20th century BCE. Similar depictions of wrestling techniques are found on Attic vases dating to Classical Greece. The only known instance of a book from classical antiquity is Papyrus Oxyrhynchus from the 2nd century CE, detailing Greek wrestling techniques. The "combat stele" at Shaolin Monastery dates to CE.

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