Train like a Highland Warrior at Home, Dirk Dagger Martial Arts Workout



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46 thoughts on “Train like a Highland Warrior at Home, Dirk Dagger Martial Arts Workout

  1. Paul O'Toole says:

    I think your feet are the wrong way round. The blade should be on the lead foot side as you are losing distance by keeping it on the rear foot side unless you step forward as you stab which would be slow. Every martial arts main attack comes from the front foot or moving the back foot to the front foot. The tao of jeet kune do would be worth a read as he has a lot of footwork related to fencing in his thought process. I think Silat would be a good example to look at as well because highland dancing also has a martial component so you might find foot work in the dance like Silat. For a start you are moving in a straight line and moving offline is important and useful.
    I am not sure the dagger would be the weapon of choice as the staff beats sword so it would be a better thing to use.
    I have some questions that would shape how it would work.
    1) What did they know about killing and anatomy? They would kill animals and have been soldiers so a certain knowledge has to be given.
    2) What did they wear? The famous Leather bracers would change blocking etc.
    3) How often did they fight and to what end? If the knifes come out is it to the death.
    4) Were they stabbers or cutters?

  2. Ksawery Wiśniewski says:

    ymh it's interesting if in practice you had to fight someone, you can meet someone who specializes in knife fighting and martial arts and what would you do then. And if someone would certainly attack you from the front, they would not attack you from behind.

  3. Cameron Chicken84 says:

    I hate the reverse grip. it is only good for retention and stabbing downward and maybe concealing the blade in hand. but if you have a 24” blade in reverse grip then I would have 1” more reach than you with only a 1” blade in foreword grip. the problem with foreword grip is it’s easier to disarm and it’s harder to block punches… but they would have to be inside your reach. a 1” blade is also a shield and it would be hard to disarm but with a 12” blade in foreword grip they couldn’t even reach you to disarm you or punch you without drawing back a bloody stub.

  4. Atkrdu says:

    Ever see Native American Scout Training or Otava Yo Russian Couplets While Fighting on youtube? The first one is toward the end of the video & second one is a song, so the training stuff comes along as it goes, but both of them would have aptitude for those conditions. The Forge by Sonny Puzikas is good, too.

  5. Kiowa Grant says:

    Great video. My son and I started doing these as a workout and just to do something together. I live in America but my family (Grant) came from Scotland in the 1700's. All your videos are great for discovering my families past.

  6. F Seth says:

    Mr. dozy, most outstanding instruction on practice and exercise with the Dirk. Your video was highly inspirational and I find your topics are sensationally crafted! Thank you for providing illumination on our history, great work!

  7. Ruki Kenishiro says:

    it is amazing to see that this is much like Silat here in South East Asia, where it is very much a close quarter combat with a keris replacing the dirk dagger. Although the main way to hold the keris/dagger is the blade facing forward. The fighting stance and footsteps are eerily the same with the point of balance and gravity is as close to the ground as possible, with the main exception being silat has grappling and throwing core build into if and when there is no keris or dagger involved and it turned into purely hand and feet based closed combat. Sometimes it amazed me that these cultures were never in contact in the far past but have similar looking fighting style.

  8. CrazyGoatLady says:

    So very interesting. I was wondering if you might in time maybe talk about the rolls of the women when the men would go to battle? I know that they would often provide nursing afterwards, but did they become more involved in smaller skirmishes?

  9. Darren Lowry says:

    After doing some research I found my family came from Scotland back in the early 1800's. Find your YouTube videos has opened my eyes to a very interesting history. Keep up the great videos.

  10. The Raven says:

    Na,man ! Dont believe this is an authentic way of fightng.
    As a martial trained I see error after error .
    You would stand no chance.
    First would be kick your front food where you rest your bodyweight.
    Second: first cut would hit your unprotected forearm or head which most of the time is in front of your blade
    and thatfore the most exposed bodypart .There is no cover at all.
    Third : why will you shorten your range by holding the knife in behind body position?
    Makes no sense .

  11. Dwight E Howell says:

    To the best of my knowledge no common man dirks are known though I would have thought some worn out hunks of rust would have been found somewhere. The written words simple described them as large heavy knives about 13 or so inches long which suggests they may have just been a big sax and may not have matched what a man at arms or lard would have carried. In other words if you think you know exactly what the working class was carrying you're and idiot. We don't know.

    The lad is right though that the common man dirk was both a weapon and tool and I at least suspect the blade would have been more useful for butchering, and chopping than the triangular blades of the elite or at least some of them.

  12. Raymond Jones says:

    Love it. You are a clear instructor, very similar to the Wing Chun methods my instructor is showing us. I have forwarded your video to him. Congratulations on the size of the following. I pray you produce more videos to help many more people.

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