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Warhammers, maces and axes used in self defence

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let's talk about war hammers maces and axes used in self-defense hey folks Mattie stand here scholar gladiator so first thing to make clear at the beginning of this is I'm talking about self defense in historical periods now I've mentioned in other videos that things like war hammers or indeed axes were very often not carried around in a civilian context whereas the swords for various reasons sometimes were worn by people instability in civilian context they can go in a scabbard they can be worn easily this country and swords are generally speaking I would argue more effective against unarmed civilian opponents they're fully edged and pointed that means that any part of this blade could disable an opponent who's not wearing armor very very quickly and easily with minimal force because their weapons on the other hand can be blocked more easily someone could just throw their arm in the way they can be grabbed and grappled more easily they can be wrenched out of the hand therefore more easily and indeed a blow from a hammer for example or an axe if it hits you in the head yes absolutely that is bad news that's probably gonna be good night Matt but generally speaking it's less likely to do immediately disabling blows than a sword if you're just wearing civilian clothes however it for some reason you were carrying around a mace or pole accident sorry mace a war hammer or a axe or something like that it's really in life and someone attacked you with a dagger what might you do with it well first of all we have to assume that the thing would be in your belt worn this way with the head up there are various ways that it could be worn hanging down if you had a lanyard at the end of handle but the problem is if you're walking you've got a heavy pointy object swinging around and that's not generally speaking a very comfortable way of travelling and having that bashing against your kneecap intermittently instead you work this way around you can just stuff it down your belt and besides she's quite comfortable to wear it's a bit like a modern tool belt for people working on roofs and builders and carpenters people like that so let's assume that for some reason it might be best to switch to the axe at this point actually because this is I think the warhammer is a specialized armored fighting weapon let's be blunt about that blunt about that haha see what I did that but to cut to the cut to the point the axe is something that you might more likely to be carrying around if you're a woodsman or frontiersman in the 18th century all this kind of thing you know tomahawks small hatchets are tools as well as weapons and absolutely this is something you might just be carrying walking around with worn stuffed into the belt with the blade upwards or blade at the top rather now if assuming the first thing you're going to have to do is access it and that's pretty much true to all self-defense in any period if you have an implement which is going to increase your chances of defending yourself against a knife attack let's just assume the attackers with the knife because many attacks in all periods will be with the knife because it's one of the most common objects and knives are everywhere watch out UK lawmakers you can't get rid of knives they're in every kitchen in every tool shed they're just knives a part of life accept it move on but if you're attached with a knife and you happen to have an axe on you for a legitimate legal reason or in historically because there are no stupid laws which say that you can't have one on you then you have to get the thing out so with either hand very often the hand nearest the axe is going to be the one that's easiest to access it now where it's going to come out is like that isn't it it could if you get the hand across you could pull it out that way and this changes slightly the scenario now I am imagining here like some people going Matt why are you talking about this and I just think it's an interesting hypothetical question to address but indeed many of you I know do role-playing games and all right books I know there's many people contact me so that they write combat scenes in books and this is the kind of thing I think it's interesting to test out a scenario to give you visually the kind of you know scenario that might possibly happen now a basic thing to think about is if you're attacked with a knife if it's from that side this arm is the one that's most easy to defend yourself or at least keep the person at bay for a second while you access your weapon and therefore the axe is going to come out this way in the left hand if however the person who attacks you from that it's the opposite and in that case the defending arm is going to be this one and you're going to come out with the axe this way now in some ways this is better for you for a number of reasons if the person attacks your left hand side that means you've got your left hand to grab deflect push block whatever you need to do punch anything on this side and that means when you pull your axe out it's easier to get it into your hitting hand this is assuming you're right-handed of course let's just think about this is non-dominant hand dominant doesn't really matter what she's left and right and that now means you've got a defending or grappling or grabbing hand a bit like a buckler as well you can keep range keep measure with it and you've got a hitting hand that's great if your attack from this side it's a little bit more complicated because your dominant hand is probably going to be used for blocking and your other hand is going to be used for hitting you should train both of course because you don't know which side you're going to get attacked from and indeed you might saying might be saying Matt what happens if someone attacks you from behind if someone attacks you from behind then you probably won't know until you've got a few inches of steel bearing in your back okay and in that case it's going to be a situation assuming that your brains still functioning and you're still able to move and your spines intact I'm turning one way or the other and in this this scenario I would suggest turning this way is always the best because again it's about turning the left shoulder towards your attacker okay so turning your left shoulder to your attacker to do something to them and getting your weapon up into your hitting hand this is again is assuming you're right-handed just flip what I'm saying if you're left-handed okay so you should perhaps if you want to train being attacked from behind practice turning this way and getting that arm out and getting your striking weapon up here now just to mention what I'm doing with the weapon when I lift it up you'll notice that what I'm doing is I'm pulling it out of my imaginary belt I do actually have a real belt on it let's stuff it into my real belt there we go I'm wearing it look I've got two fans first thing today can you see that is get your fingers get the bottom of your hand underneath the head of the weapon in this case it doesn't matter whether it's a mace and axe or Warhammer whatever that's a really useful Junction to get your hand under okay get it up into a secure grip first this is the most important is to make sure your weapon is in your hand okay what you don't want to do is slide the thing up with an open hand and wall and lose it and drop it because now you've got no weapon and you're fumbling around on the ground will someone's stabbing you okay so first thing is get the thing up and secure in your hand your weapon is going to come up in this way now your weapon is usable at this point okay so let's say my opponent is over there let's keep it simple for this video we're keeping them away okay and we're holding an implement which is a really useful weapon already is it as good as a knife or a debatable I would say it's kind of equal in some ways there are various things you can do with the axe held like this first of all you've got a great blocking device and you have to recognize if someone's trying to repeatedly stabbed you one of the most important things to do is to stop them from doing that okay so you've got this stick out here held essentially like a dagger blade okay and you can now deflect either side you can deflect above either way up this way up this way you can deflect to either side you can push if something's coming directly inwards you can push that across okay to either side general rule push to the outside and you can try and grab and control the stabbing arm okay obviously if they're left-handed you're going to be pushing that way and trying to do it okay so pushing a stab aside whether it's coming in push aside and try to get the outside of their arm and try and grab if you get a grab on the dagger a dagger hand try and grab near the wrist that's the best point of leverage and control and it's the smallest part of their arm that will give you the firmest grip okay so grab that part of the rest now we don't know what's going to happen oh I'm just saying things that might happen here generally speaking the most important thing is just make sure you get as few holes in your body as possible okay so you're doing all of these things but you can also fight back with the weapon held in this way you can stab like it's a knife BAM okay now it doesn't have a point it's not going to penetrate however it will cause a lot of blunt trauma damage and injury and pain and it will distract that will hurt and it might even disable if you do it hard enough where you should be aiming face okay face and throat and neck these are the places so and bam bam you can do this but also remember you've also got a blade in here that you can punch with okay you can punch with it with an axe blade quite quite well and you've also got points here the points can rake downwards with the bottom one punching with the top one the other thing to mention is as well as blocking with this shaft and stabbing with the end of the shaft you've also got the ability to hook okay now this is a bit more complex stuff and I wouldn't necessarily advise it there's a gross motor movement but say for example a stab coming straight downwards here you can hook the thing to the side here and that will enable you to get a moment of control onto the arm and grab onto that wrist if you do that and then you can take the fight back to the opponent in whatever way you like the other thing you can do with the axe of course is get it into a conventional grip so you can use the axe absolutely in this way but either with two hands or with one hand you can get to that position and once you've got the axe into the conventional striking position you have a reach and a power advantage over the knife attacker you can aim at their hand their arm their head anything to prevent them from getting stabs in on you and I would say generally speaking you want to practice left and right left and right downwards blows number one number two number one number two and just keep doing this kind of kind of thing particularly against their arm and hand as they extend it out and if you can reach put on into their head because that will be fight over them probably now how do you get from this position to this position well you can do what I'm doing here but if you intend to do that and you want to do that practice it okay so start off here and all you want to do is you just want to loosen the hand a little bit but don't open it up okay so go from tight grip to loose grip and back to tight grip so tight loose and back it doesn't matter if you get all to the bottom in fact all the way to the bottom in fact it's better if you don't go all the way to the bottom for two reasons number one if you always practice it doing doing it right the way to the bottom you gain extra reach but the problem is if you go too far you might disarm yourself but the second reason is by going down to about here leaving a little bit of shaft at the bottom is good for two reasons number one acts as a counterbalance it's a bit like a pommel okay so having a bit of length at the back of a stick helps counterbalance the hitting end of the stick but secondly it's a hook and if some if you swing at someone and they charge in it you put arm and then here in grappling range having that sticking out at the back means you can hit and you can hook behind joints behind the shoulder behind the elbow and you can use it as a point of leverage okay so that's number one way to get from here to here and then you can start hitting with the thing okay and if you don't go quite down far enough you can always do it again to get a little bit further if you need to but even if you just get down to there you can start hitting and then slip it down a bit further to get more reach okay that's number one way number two way is safer but it means that you have to use both your hands okay it literally I would advise just going to the end of the shaft with this you can of course defend two-handed with the axe at this point but go with your offhand to the bottom and then slide your dominant hand down to it at this point you could strike two-handed but I would say in a defense situation it's better to keep this hand out and able to measure distance and keep the person at hitting range this weapon is better at hitting range than a grappling range so therefore keeping them at hitting range is an advantage to you and also a knife you don't wanted to get close to you okay I hope that was somewhat interesting primarily aimed at people doing role-playing and writing novels and this kind of thing but it may help you look at the act in a slightly different way and in a slightly different context cheers folks thank you for watching please subscribe and feel free to follow us on Facebook

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