Monday, July 23, 2012

Auerswald Ringen Esoterica

Some comments relevant to one post and another post at the Mair web-log of Mr. DJ Knight - my regards to him and his work:

(1) There is no need to conjecture about Von Auerswald distinguishing kinds of wrestling, for he tells us himself there is grobe (hostile) and there is geselliglich (collegial). Although we may note that he sometimes used the latter term ironically. From my forthcoming & copyrighted book:

His Action 73 is a full-weight press with the elbow into the middle of foe’s back as he falls with you atop him (druck mit meinem rechten Elnbogen jm mitten jnn seinen rücken, das er unter mir mus danider fallen); hence a move that is spitefully titled Back-Cracker (Rücken knicken); and which is humorously/ironically described as collegial (Das ist Geselliglich). So aside from that, it seems when Von Auerswald spoke of geselliglich (collegial) and grobe (hostile), he was simply and usefully distinguishing between friend and foe, and is not diminishing the martiality of his ringen.

Von Auerswald states his book presents “the old, honourable and noble art of wrestling for chivalric sport” (die alte Ehrliche und Adeliche kunst, des Ritterschimpffs, des Ringens). Later therein he indicated his wrestling was for need, honour and sanctity, for both earnest tactics and chivalric sport-tactics (zu nutz, ehren und fromen, zu Ernstlichen und Ritterschimpfflichen sachen). Thus it was fun sparring for purpose of earnest combat.

(2) Aside from illustrated clothing grabs, Von Auerswald explicitly speaks of Wammes (wambeson, jupon, doublet, whatever) in Actions 26, 28, 33. In his Action 33, which equates to “double-collar-tie” (aka “thai-clinch”), that master tells you how to do the move even if foe is not wearing such.

(3) For a modern training analogue to those Von Auerswald wambesons/jupons, consider wearing a simple, rugged & relatively cheap denim jacket. Get it to fit or too large or too small, whatever you think suits the needs of the lessons. Use it and abuse it without feeling bad.  Enjoy the art while feeling good.

Good luck in your study & training!

Copyright 2011 & 2012 of Jeffrey Hull.

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