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People love ancient knowledge–whether it’s herbs, fables, remedies, religions, philosophies–there’s something fascinating and appealing about things people discovered or came up with thousands of years ago. But I bet there’s one area where you never expected ancient knowledge to come in hand: self-defense.
Before firearms, people spent a lot more time thinking about hand-to-hand combat and self-defense tactics. This is especially true of barbarians such as the Saxons, the Vikings, the Britons, and the Huns. In this article on Ready Nutrition, Jeremiah talks about these barbarians and lists seven things we can learn from them.
He writes, “We did a segment on some positive actions and strategies of the Roman Army to incorporate into your SHTF battle plans. But what about the barbarians? Yes, the Roman war machine was the penultimate fighting unit down to the individual level. It was after the Republic decayed through overextension, greed, corruption, and moral turpitude that the Legions lost their effectiveness. By the early 5th century C.E., the Legions were a shadow of their past. This brings us to the barbarians…”