Master Black Belt
- Apr 12, 2007
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- Calgary, AB, Canada
Indeed. The grandfather of European Martial Arts, and perhaps some of those in Asia as well... Alexander the Great and all that. And let's not forget the wrestling moves carved into walls from ancient Egypt. No culture has a monopoly on Martial Arts.
@ Tez: probably the most prolific culture with regards to MA manuals were the Germans. In fact, the Manuscript I.33 is likely the oldest extant treatise on personal combat in the world, and without doubt the oldest in Europe. It's a German manuscript dated to about 1290, detailing the use of sword & buckler. Interestingly, the combatants are priests/monks. Combative monks were not merely an Eastern phenomenon, and many were known as expert wrestlers. I have a copy of I.33 with an English translation... it's a very interesting read.