Historical Fencing, Historical Treatise, History

Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the Champion by Ibn Hudayl

Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the champion Edition in Spanish by Maria Jesus Viguera, English translation by Nicholas Petrou. Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the Champion is a Furusiya (literally translated to “horsemanship”) treatise written by Abu-I-Hassan Ali ibn Abd-ar-Rahman al-Farazi al-Andalus, more famously known as Ibn Hudayl, in 1392. The Treatise can… Continue reading Gala of the Knight, Blazon of the Champion by Ibn Hudayl

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Historical Fencing

Mamluk Lance work: Implying Mamluk sword play from two lance treatises

Mamluk lance work is renowned in a large amount of treatise, the earliest being from Akhi Hizam al-Kuttali, a master lancer in the late 9th Century CE whose work was so vast, it was split into two treatises that these were copied and separated, a lot of the material being copied and formatted in later… Continue reading Mamluk Lance work: Implying Mamluk sword play from two lance treatises

Historical Fencing

“The Treasure that combines all things”: The 1470 Mamluk Treatise – Context and understanding

The surge of interest in North African and Mamluk Historical Martial Arts has grown considerably, especially with the translation of the 1470 treatise by an anonymous author. It's difficult to ascertain who exactly this person was but by understanding the historical context surrounding the construction of the treatise, we are able to get an understanding… Continue reading “The Treasure that combines all things”: The 1470 Mamluk Treatise – Context and understanding

Ramblings

I don’t know what I’m talking about, version 2

I was asked today a question that made me think very long and hard by a work colleague. We were eating and he said "if you were to go back in time and talk to yourself, what would you tell them?" After thinking for a while, I finally answered "don't worry about things", things will… Continue reading I don’t know what I’m talking about, version 2

Politics

Race: The issue and coming up with a solution

Before I begin as a disclaimer: it is not my intention to cause any controversy but simply provide insight, based on my own experiences, affairs through my life as well as current affairs and other people’s experiences and how they understand the world around them. I want to say I have a well-balanced perspective on… Continue reading Race: The issue and coming up with a solution

Poetry

Confidence

Confidence is a a sparing currency. When it is present, it generates the most valuable and extravagent wealth from people, When it is absent, all are poor and unfortunate. It is common property and belongs to everyone, Yet only few are able to invest it wisely. The rare few of us inherit it from our… Continue reading Confidence

Reviews

An open letter to feminism

Dear Feminism, You want all of this attention like you care, like you really give it your all in a new and innovative way but instead you've led gender equality into an oppressive monotony. What started the movement was a sense of gross injustice: major female equality; no political power; no equal pay, health care… Continue reading An open letter to feminism

History

Did we do a good job in Afghanistan?

So Nato forces are officially out of Afghanistan after ten years. A lot of people ask "was it worth it in the long run?" and though I can't provide a definitive answer, a comparison to provide some perspective might bring some insight. In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and occupied it for 10 years… Continue reading Did we do a good job in Afghanistan?