Defensive exercises; comprising wrestling, boxing, &c

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Page 50 - That to prevent disputes, in every main battle, the principals shall, on coming on the stage, choose from among the gentlemen present two umpires, who shall absolutely decide all disputes that may arise about the battle ; and if the two umpires cannot agree, the said umpires to choose a third, who is to determine it.
Page 123 - The quintain, thus fashioned, was placed upon a pivot, and so contrived as to move round with facility. In running at this figure, it was necessary for the horseman to direct his lance with great adroitness, and make his stroke upon the forehead between the eyes, or upon the nose; for if he struck wide of those parts...
Page 133 - ... the belly rather drawn in, and the breast advanced, but without constraint; — the body upright, but inclining forward, so that the weight of it may principally bear on the fore part of the feet ; — the head erect, and the eyes straight to the front.
Page 147 - ... fingers, pointing upwards; the wrist upon the guard, and the point of the left thumb of equal height with and opposite to the left eye ; the piece to be kept perpendicular in this position. 3d. Bring down the firelock with a quick motion, as low as the right hand will admit without constraint, drawing back the right foot at the same instant, so that the hollow of it may touch the left heel. The firelock in this position, with the guard to the front, to be totally supported in the left hand, and...
Page 121 - ... in chivalry. Afterwards a staff or spear was fixed in the earth, and a shield • being hung upon it was the mark to strike at : the dexterity of the performer consisted • Times, August 7i 1837.
Page 123 - I have seen," continues my author, " a quintain set upon Cornhill by Leadeuball, where the attendants of the lords of merry disports have run and made great pastime; for he that hit not the board end of the quintain was laughed to scorn, and he that hit it full, if he rode not the faster, had a sound blow upon his neck with a bag full of sand hanged on the other end.
Page 122 - ... bear it to the ground. In process of time this diversion was improved, and instead of the staff and the shield, the resemblance of a human figure carved in wood was introduced. To render the appearance of this figure more formidable, it was generally made in the likeness of a Turk or a Saracen armed at all points, ' bearing a shield upon his left arm, and brandishing a club or a sabre with his right. Hence this exercise was called by the Italians, " running at the armed man, or at the Saracen.
Page 124 - ... top of it on a spindle, with a board nailed to it on one end, and a bag of sand hanging at the other ; against this board they anciently rode with spears. Now...
Page 138 - Front, the left foot is brought gently to the front without a jerk ; the knee to be gradually straightened as the foot is brought forward, the toe turned out a little to the left and remaining about three inches from the ground.

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