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Himokiri Karate
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:41 pm    Post subject: Scythe martial arts... Reply with quote

It looks cool and in fiction, a halberd has a scythe blade which makes it formidable. Curios to know if this is something a person practicing martial arts likes to learn?
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Zaine
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEMA does! Paulus Hector Mair wrote a treatise on how to use the sycthe in combat. Check out this Wiktenauer page for the details. As far as history goes, scythes were typically used as weapons in peasant uprisings. The English used it in 1684, when a Duke fielded roughly 5000 peasants in the Battle of Sedgemoor. In 1784 again peasants used them in the Revolt of Horea in Transylvania.

In general, as you might guess, scythes were weapons used by peasants and anyone who couldn't afford weapons that we might typically see on a battlefield from the Medieval period onward. As such, Paulus is a weird exception to the rule that most fighting manuscripts dealt with weapons that one might see in a tournament of arms.

Aside from this, you would have to look at the kama for Eastern Martial Arts. I'm not aware, nor could I find, any information that suggests that Eastern Martial Arts cares about the two handed scythe. Furthermore, I couldn't find any information on a system that currently practices with it a lot. Even within HEMA you would struggle to find someone who is using a sycthe, it's a hard weapon to manufacture a safe, trainer version of.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good ole Paulus! Great resource!
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