Quarterstaff. Stick Fighting Created In The Middle Period Of English History.

Quarterstaff Stance From  Eng;ish Manuscript
Quarterstaff Stance


I’ve written about this many times here, but martial arts did not originate in the orient. Every single civilization and culture created some form of self defense with and without arms. The English were among the most prolific with Boxing and Quarterstaff.  The Quarterstaff was a shaft of hardwood anywhere from six to nine feet long, often it was tipped with a ferule or an iron spike on the tip. George Silver wrote a 15tth century tome about stick fighting; here is a quote



The Short Staffe is most commonly the best weapon of all other, although other weapons may be more offensive, and especially against many weapons together, by reason of his nimbleness and swift motions, and is not much inferior to the Forest Bille, although the Forest Bille be more offensive, the Short Staffe will prove the better weapon.


Beefeater Guard Carries A Quarterstaff
Beefeater Guard Carries A Quarterstaff


Quarterstaff Versus Rapiers
Quarterstaff Versus Rapiers


Quarterstaff Fighting Old Woodcarving
Quarterstaff Fighting


Sergeant Thomas McCarthy wrote a 19th century book called “Quarterstaff” and included a chapter called “Broadsword and Singlestick” that became the complete guide to English stick fighting. It was all part of the British history of the manly arts, which of course included Boxing. By the 18th Century British promoter James Figg was staging paid quarterstaff matches in London and around the countryside. Quarterstaff techniques were practiced by combatants that wore fencing outfits and often used bamboo weapons to avoid debilitating injuries. British military commanders made it a required part of martial training along with sword and cavalry sword training. Quarterstaff fighting was a large part of the Robin Hood legend and can be referenced in the story. By the 19th century, the Quarterstaff faded into antiquity as part of the martial arts from knighthood.





Thomas A. McCarthy, “Quarter-staff: A Practical Manual“. London : W. Swan Sonnenschein and Co., 1883. – George Silver, “Paradoxes of Defence“. London: Edward Blount, 1599.-Wikipedia





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