‘Come on down and give me some stick’ says quarterstaffer

Gwil Wright quarterstaffing at Port Meadow

Gwil Wright quarterstaffing at Port Meadow

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Call me on 01865 425403

A LONE quarterstaffer is trying to teach Oxford about the little-known British tradition, despite the fact no one showed up to his first training session this week.

Oxford Mail:

Gwil Wright, above, has been practising the art on the wide open spaces of Port Meadow in North Oxford and is looking for people to join him.

He said: “The closest thing you can call it is a martial art.

“It’s a British stick fighting tradition, with some similarities to other martial arts but it is very different in other ways.”

Quarterstaffing, where people use a long wooden stick in formations to attack and defend themselves, is a type of fighting which used to be common among the working class in the Middle Ages.

Mr Wright, 39, added: “It does take the UK landscape into consideration with its ethos, and the movements are inspired by different animals – the stag, cat, bear, fox, boar and hawk.

“It’s about planning how to attack and defend, and how to use the staff and your body to protect yourself.”

The law librarian, who travels from Buckinghamshire to hold the classes, said: “You need to think about how to get the best use out of it as a weapon. It’s a living tradition.”

The sessions run from 8pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday evenings until September 3, except for July 30 and August 6.

They are held on Port Meadow, opposite the Perch pub at Binsey, and cost £5.

Call Mr Wright for more information on 07908 762647.

Our top stories:

Firefighters battle loft blaze in Witney

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

10:01am Sunday 21st December 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were able to stop a roof fire spreading and destroying the rest of the house last night.

What brilliant picture is in our Oxford Mail Advent Calendar today?

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014

December is Advent Calendar time and we have a special new interactive graphic for you each and every day until Christmas Eve. I've chosen the best 24 pictures of 2014 and I'll be unveiling one a day - so what is behind's today's door?

Skye Hall's family: Our first Christmas without our brave son

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

LOOM bands are taking over the house of Skye Hall’s family as they prepare to spend their first Christmas without the brave youngster who died in August.

Hudspeth backs councillors in demand to be told man's pay in allowances row

Oxford Mail: Ian Hudspeth

8:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has backed councillors Rodney Rose and Kevin Bulmer who asked a voter to reveal his wages when he challenged them over a 19 per cent hike in their allowance.

Two arrested for GBH after man injured in fight

Oxford Mail:

5:24pm Saturday 20th December 2014

Two teenagers from Witney were arrested last night after a man suffered a broken arm.

Oxfam "accepts" tweet ruling

Oxford Mail:

2:23pm Saturday 20th December 2014

OXFAM has said it accepts criticism from charity regulators over an alleged “party political” tweet about a “perfect storm” of poverty.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree