Elias Flatscher – »das Ringen will haben dreyerlay» – Re-evaluating the wrestling sections of Cod.I.6.4º.2

Medieval fencing is based on wrestling. Change my mind.


Source: Codex Wallerstein – Cod.I.6.4º.2

Codex Wallerstein /Baumann’s Fechtbuch / Cod.I.6.4º.2is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important, if not THE most important sources on combat wrestling in 15th century Germany. The older section (1420ies/30ies) is possibly unjustly often overlooked in comparison to the younger section (1470ies) which features concise tactical advice, fairly extensive technique descriptions and dynamic illustrations. The lecture will attempt to contextualize both sections, analyze their didactic structure, techniques (some of which are admirably dirty) and tactical hints, both in comparison to other contemporary sources and common techniques in modern combat sports (hint: ALL of them are still taught today in one variation or another, but quite a few are only taught [!] as fouls). We will further analyze the possible role of modern grappling disciplines for HEMA cross-training and give a short overview on the importance of wrestling in WWI and WWII combatives.

About the lecturer- Elias Flatscher

Elias Flatscher has trained and competed in Greco-Roman wrestling (Russian and Nuremberg schools) and Freestyle wrestling (Dagestani school) in Germany and in the Austrian Bundesliga (seasons 2013-2017), cross-training in Judo, SAMBO, Sumo, Ranggeln and Schwingen and coaching grappling for a variety of martial disciplines (youth wrestling, MMA, BJJ, HEMA). He doesn’t hold any rank in any martial art, but may just be the most evil whitebelt you’ll ever meet. In HEMA, he has been focusing on the wrestling sections of Fiore, Monte, the “Blume des Kampfes” and the “Nuremberg” groups of treatises, leading to a number of international workshops and a paper on the wrestling sections of Cod.I.6.4º.2 published in the companion volume to HEMA bookshelf’s “Baumann” facsimile. When he’s not doing something wrestling-related, he currently works as a post-doc for medieval archaeology at the University of Zurich.