Unarmed Styles in HEMA

Unarmed combat in HEMA is referred to by almost every treatise and manuscript as the bedrock of their martial system. Dagger combat can be thought of exactly as European Wrestling with a sharp object in your hand, the tenants, techniques, and goals are exactly the same. This same thought process carries out into the larger weapons as well, for if you can bring your opponent to the ground, you are most assuredly going to win if you have a sword in your hand while they are on their back. Because of this, the footwork, body mechanics, and intention of wrestling are paramount to a properly executed technique in all of the other styles, and nobody should overlook unarmed combat as part of their training regiment.