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How to disengage from the Holds taken of your Collar, If your Opposer takes hold on your Collar, with his left Hand, and keeps you stiffly out at length, then seize fast hold with your left Hand, on the upper part of his Wrist; then twist or turn his Wrist inward with your full Strength, and at the same juncture Strike forceably upon the Elbow of his Arm, which will much endanger to break it: If the Party should take hold of your Collar with his right Hand, then lay hold of his Wrist with your right Hand, and perform as aforesaid, &c.

4ly. Lie again upon the outside, and when your Opposer strikes to the inside, Guard and return your Blow over his Point, to the outside of his right Leg. If you lie upon the inside, and your Op5ly. poser strikes at the outside Guard, then fall your Blow to the inside of his right Leg; there is no ways to escape being hit by either of these Answers, but to withdraw your Leg out of Distance. A 6ly. Slip at Staff is perform’d thus, Lie upon an outside, and when your Opposer strikes at you, instead of Guarding, Slip him; that is, withdraw the Butt end of the Staff, as far as your right Ear, and fall back with your Body; then Pitch your Stroke in with a Long, directly upon a Medium to his Head, and you may easily knock any Man down, so far as the Ground will let him fall; but besure you lapse no time in the performance of the Slip, you may Slip thus from either Inside or Medium.

It is a true British Weapon, of great Antiquity, much Practised and Admired in former Days; to give it its due Praise, ‘tis a most Noble Weapon, and very useful in several Respects, ‘tis in the Nature of a double Weapon, by reason when you Exercise it, you make use of both Hands: I wonder that it is not more in Vogue in this Nation, considering its Excellency, for a Man that rightly understands it, may bid defiance, and laugh at any other Weapon, for it has a double Advantage in many kinds of all others; the long Pike, half Pike, or Pitch - Fork, may be term’d Fools to’t, nay, they can’t in the least come in Competition with it.

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