Online Learning – Summer Session 2020

Classes and assignments will be administered through Google Classrooms with weekly lesson plans released Mondays and live group video meetings on Thursdays 7-9pm PDT.

Meyer’s Dussack/Messer

May 11 - August 30, 2020

Instructor: Jeff Jacobson

In his 1570 treatise, Joachim Meyer presents instruction on combat with a dussack, a wooden training weapon with a short, curved blade and an ovular hilt, as the foundation for his practice with any single handed weapon and is built on the earlier foundations of messer (long knife) fighting in earlier German Traditions. This class will present the foundations of that instruction, including guards, cuts, defenses, moving and various devices on how to put this art into practice.

Weekly lesson plans will be released Mondays with live group video meetings on Thursdays 7-9pm Pacific to check in on how things are going.  Students will be expected to submit videos of their practice so feedback can be provided. Students will also need a space to move/practice and some sort of dussack or messer simulator (a short stick, preferably 25-38” in length, is fine). Gloves are recommended, but not required.

Class fees are $160 for the course and include a Tattershall membership for the rest of the year. (Tattershall members who have already paid their membership fee will have that money discounted from their class fee.) Please register through our online form.

Please Sign Up via our online form before May 7th, an invoice will be emailed to your provided address. Class fees must be paid before access to the Google Classroom with be instated. Info for getting started and the first class assignment will be released on May 11th.

Feel free to contact us at with any questions.

Tattershall School of Defense, Southern California
1335 Loma Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90804