In Defence of Singlestick

Bring me to a Fencer, I will bring him out of his fence trickes with good downe right blowes
-George Silver, Paradoxes of Defence

Singlestick is a game with simple rules.  It has been practiced for centuries in Scotland.  You stand, without moving your feet across from your opponent with the stick for which the game is made raised and protecting your head in the position the Scots called St. George’s Guard.  Your opponent does the same.  On the command of “go” you attempt to strike each other on the head with enough force to draw blood without him striking you in return. There are occasionally variations, but that’s the gist.  Singlestick is a game with simple rules but endless complexities and strategy. Continue reading