Friday, July 25, 2014
Game of Thrones Itches
That's Jujutsu...in the European Middle Ages. The one on the left is, I think, a hip throw. We all know the one on the right, a Jujutsu choke popular in MMA.
This one, a joint lock straight out of Judo. On the right, another chokehold.
Even unarmed techniques against armed opponents.
The martial arts in Europe weren't restricted to unarmed combat and fencing. Specialized art forms for dagger combat, mace, war hammer, and pole arms were also developed.
I see no smash-and-bash here, do you?
Another little fact, peasants in some societies weren't helpless lambs. The deeply fearsome Swiss mercenaries were peasants. English longbowmen...peasants. For their own protection, peasants sometimes formed militias and trained regularly as military units, the militias of medieval Flanders, for instance, made up of peasants and ordinary city-folk. Just as in Japan and Okinawa, farm implements became weapons. The most fearsome of these was the Bill.
Based on a farm implement called a billhook, in use today for clearing brush, it was particularly useful in killing armored cavalry.
Then there's a unique weapon of the lower classes, in a class by itself. Can you say "Good day"?
That's the goedendag. Another way to meet and greet people. A "Hi there!" for the Middle Ages.
So where is all this marvelous inventiveness in Westeros? I haven't even seen a war hammer or pikeman. Daenerys's army, the Unsullied, are out of the Hellenic Age, for crying out loud.
All I have to say: George, TV producers, pick up the pace, would you?
Posted by R P Bird