Going in for the push
Going in for the push

Blews pike go head to head with the King's Guard at Newark © Birdy Lancaster

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Taking the strain
Taking the strain

The Blew regiment takes on a royalist block at Newark © Birdy Lancaster

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Closest order
Closest order

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Going in for the push
Going in for the push

Blews pike go head to head with the King's Guard at Newark © Birdy Lancaster

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The Pike Block

 

In the 17th Century, the pike was considered a gentleman's weapon and was primarily used to repel cavalry. Pikeman of the period would often engage in hand to hand combat with their sword and this is still the case in the groups who primarily fight in the 'point only' method. The majority of modern pike blocks fight using the method known as 'comport' which is something like a rugby scrum with armour and 16 foot long pike.

 

Pike fighting is hard work and not for the faint of heart but Blews are proud to have both men and women in our pike block and has had one of the few female pike sergeants and corporals in the society.

 

Click on the following link to find out more about pike drill or, better yet, come and give it a try for the weekend.

 

Posing, Posturing & Positioning for the Perfect Pike-operative

 

Winners of the Golden Pike Award