A Perfectly Self-Contained System: The Basic Tactical Framework of Joachim Meyer’s Dagger

Instructor(s): James Reilly


This class will explore the basic principles of Joachim Meyer’s dagger combat. In renaissance Europe, ritual violence was manifest in a variety of ways. Among the least formal, dagger attacks, either in the streets or at public houses were not altogether uncommon. Distinct from duelling or sporting bouts of fencing, the circumstances around them were most often violent and unpredictable. We will begin with the cultural context in which the dagger is employed historically, and walk through drawing the dagger, and using it to defend against such attacks.

Equipment Requirements

Rondel dagger trainer. A fencing mask and gorget are recommended, but not required. There will be extra dagger trainers for rent for attendees.