Defence against a dagger
based on Fiore Dei Liberi
Here are a few of the unarmed defences against an attacker armed with
a dagger from Fiore Dei Liberi's "Flos Duellatorum". The pictures
are 'posed' for clarity and to accomodate the long exposure times needed
to photograph in our poorly lit training hall, and as such the postures
are not always as they would be for execution of the techniques at normal
speed. The costumes are from our previous activity.
the "prima presa" basic defense against a downward stab.
you can also grip closer to the wrist, but this will be difficult if he
the first counter is to grab the dagger with the left hand and apply pressure
on his left arm.
A variation of the "prima presa" where the arm is locked.
The counter to this is to join both hands and pull down on his elbow.
A counter to this counter: lifting his leg and pushing back with your locked
A variation of the previous defence, where the other hand is used to help
bend the attackers arm.
This is countered like in the first counter to the first defence, by pulling
down on his wrist, holding the dagger with both hands.
Another technique against the downward stab.
The counter is to join hands and push through his attempt at locking your
Another variation on the "prima presa": grab the dagger and twist
it out of his hand.
The counter is similar to the first one, except you pull down his left
wrist by pulling his right hand instead of the dagger itself.
Against an upward stab, breaking the arm over the shoulder.
A simple counter is to push his shoulder away and pull back your dagger
Or pull and kick him in the back.
Or twist your trapped arm counterclockwise, push down his head and lift
Another counter to the "prima presa": step forward and attack
A counter to the first counter: free your left hand by pushing down the
handle of the dagger, then use your body to drive the dagger into his stomach.
Here the attacker has a hold on your clothing when he stabs. Push away
his attack with your right hand, and lift his advancing leg.
the same from the other side
A different counter to the "prima presa": push his defence aside
and stab his back. This suggests that the first attack was a feint.
the same from the other side.