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Resources for the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) student, with a particular focus on the ars gladiatoris of Paulus Hector Mair.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Concerning the six weakest parts of the human body

Mair writes that "six parts exist in the human body that are weaker than the rest, [and] which are particularly necessary for any fighter to know." They are:

  1. Chin
  2. Throat
  3. Forearms
  4. Wrists
  5. Elbows
  6. Knees
Source: Cod. Icon. 393, 15v

Compare to Johann Georg Paschen's division of the body in his 1659 Vollstandiges Ring-Buch:

"First it is necessary to know, that the human arm can be divided in three parts, the Strong, the Half-Strong, and the Weak, as shown on figure 1"

The head has two parts, the Strong and the Weak. On top of the head (A) is the Weak, and below (B) the Strong.

The body and feet have three parts, the Strong, Half-Strong and Weak, marked C, D and E in figure 1."


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