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.
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:
14 minutes to drive just a mile in Oxford - where are the worst congestion hotspots on our interactive map?
8:30am Thursday 28th May 2015
MOTORISTS travelling into Oxford took a staggering 14 minutes to complete one mile on the Botley Road last year.
6:30pm Thursday 28th May 2015
DRIVERS on Botley Road are once again facing long delays heading in to the city tonight.
3:56pm Thursday 28th May 2015
THE FIRST female Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University has been nominated by committee members and could take up her post next January.
3:30pm Thursday 28th May 2015
A WOMAN is still in hospital three days after being in a collision with a Landrover Discovery in Banbury, police said.
3:23pm Thursday 28th May 2015
TWO people from Wantage are set to go to court after a teenager was assaulted, police said.
2:41pm Thursday 28th May 2015
A CAR was stolen after a burglary in Wantage, police said.