This article is about the Historical Polish Martial Art. The martial art that originated from Poland and parts of Eastern Europe. The historical background, description and its main plots. I will also talk about the benefits of learning this martial art as I had first learned it.
The aim of Martial Art was to increase the fighting ability of Polish’s mounted warriors and to create a standard set of weapons that could be used in any combat situation. The most important concept was to design a set of weapons that was simple, efficient, strong, quick and highly mobile. Polearms were used by Polish on both the eastern and western front. The use of lances, halberds, swords and daggers was common place in the Polish Army, but they were not very effective against the enemy formations of the Germans. This was mainly because they were not designed to be used against light armour and also because they were poorly designed. Therefore Polearms were never used to fight on the battlefield of World War 2.
Some of the most famous Polish weapons that are known to us today are Wiydzimmer (Poles’ answer to the TASER), Mysore Polearms, Sosibor (Millex), Osiborne (Osprey) and Draguhr (Gentleman). The above examples are of pure merit and they should form a part of every modern day Polearm. As you probably know, in modern Polearms the lance, the sword and the pistol have been reduced to very small sizes. This has made them much more compact and effective.
Another interesting fact about this martial art is that many of its examples are on display in museums all over the world. The arms and shields used by the Polish knights can be found in numerous museums around the world. There are also a number of models of these weapons in various museum collections. Some examples include Masurian knives, Morandy bows, Mughal swords and the Webley and Scott knives. Even a representative of one of the most feared medieval thieves, Sir Richard Barlow, is said to have kept one of his famous double sword, the Steel Sword of Tipu Sultan, which he later used in the sack of Hyderabad in the year sixteen hundred and eighty.
One of the first weapons to evolve into a martial art was the same. It was adopted by the samurai warriors of Japan and from there it travelled across Asia to Europe and by the mid-eighteen hundreds it had reached its zenith in popularity. The sabre was a proven weapon for cutting through armour and inflicting major damage to enemy soldiers on the battlefield. Some sabre handles have been recovered from battles dating back to the fourteenth century, while many heads have been found in libraries all over Europe, Asia, Africa and Arabia.
In the middle ages fencing, which was a separate branch of arms, became one of the most popular weapons used by European armies fighting against each other. The use of swords in battle led to the development of shorter swords, which were easier to use in close quarter fighting, where each side would use its discretion to best effect. Although the use of shorter cables, known as cutlasses, was common amongst European armies fighting against one another, the concept of using the sabre in close combat changed the way that was done in the field forever.
Historical Polish Martial Art is a hybrid martial art combining the sabre with both long and short sticks. It borrows heavily from fencing and boxing, incorporating a few kicks and punches here and there, but overall its principal weapon is the same. The sabre is an extremely effective weapon due to its sheer speed and power, being able to inflict damage on an opponent within two or three hits. While this is great for close range combat, when you’re out on the offensive it can be a devastating weapon, being capable of great damage even when they are not directly faced against you. It is also worth noting that historical Polish sabre fencing art has incorporated the use of both weapons, with one stick being used in place of both the table and the hand (known as the padaw).
This hybridized form of sabre and hand to hand combat has had a massive impact on the way that we see modern day Polish and Eastern European forces fighting against each other. Sabre fencing has become such a key part of their armaments, that many of these armies include this as part of their official martial arts training. These armies take sabre fencing very seriously, knowing that it is their only way to fight successfully against an enemy who is not only well equipped but is also well trained and fully prepared for the encounter. Although historically the sabre and the hand have been used as a single unit throughout most of Western history, the use of the two weapons has become more widespread as the fighting tactics of different armies have developed. As a result, sabre fencing is becoming increasingly accepted amongst many armies as the single most effective way of fighting in a cross-shaped battle field.