Bolognese Polearms – an introduction

Instructor: Richard Cullinan, Stoccata School of Defence
Weapons covered: partisan, ronca, speido and javelin
Equipment requirements: Mask, gloves (padded gloves recommended, pole / staff of around 2.4 – 2.7 m
Required Experience: Beginner students

The treatises of Antonio Manciolino (Opera Nova, 1531) and Achille Marozzo (Opera Nova, 1536) both provide detailed instruction on the use of polearms such as partisan, ronca, speido and javelin. These weapons are all taught using a common framework with small variations in their use due to the different polearm heads. This class will focus on the common actions for all polearms, with some brief exploration of how the differing polearm types may be used.