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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.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kampfringen in the New York Times

My friend and very occasional training partner Justin Porter, an amateur MMA fighter and New York Times reporter, included a reference to "Kampfringen, a form of German battlefield wrestling that is now being reconstructed from ancient manuals," in his June 17, 2009 article "In Tight, a New (Old) Martial Art Gains Followers."

Well, almost. The line was edited out. But it was the thought that counts.

Porter's article is about the 52 Blocks, which is believed to have "evolved mostly through prizefighting in the southern and eastern United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s."

Although Kampfringen and the 52 Blocks could not be more different, both are being rediscovered after a period of obscurity. Porter wanted to reference "Kampfringen as a way of putting the history of a martial art in context and [showing] how something can slip out of the public eye because not enough people are looking at it."

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