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Jamie Acutt has been involved in the martial arts for 20 years. Study began in Asian martial arts, reaching 1st and 2nd Dan respectively in 2 systems, before cross-training in many others. This eclectic interest lead to a desire to understand the root of all martial arts, and establishing the concept of Eskirmology (‘Fight-logic’) in 2004. This concept was adopted by Grandmaster Keith Kernspecht Dr.Sc (‘the Father of Wing Tsun in Europe’), who published his own books using this term (Kampflogik).

Jamie’s passion for Western martial arts began in 2001, when he learned of the existence of historical fencing. From 2006, he began to write under the nom-de-plume of ‘Wallhausen’. A string of publications were published under this name between 2007-2010. To date, Jamie’s independent research has resulted in 6 published books, and 27 research papers, including appearance in academic peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Sports Sciences (2016), and IQ, the Journal of the Institute of Martial Arts and Sciences (2015-2016). His work ranges from diverse topics as Cybernetics, ontology, paleography, historiography, and stemmatology, including numerous contributions to Wiktenauer, and collaboration with many other researchers (particularly on the topic of cross-comparison).

Jamie has also been credited as the discoverer of 2 previously unknown manuscripts (MS G.B.f.18.a (Magister Beringois fechtlehre) & Cod.Guelf. 38.21 Aug.2º (Sollinger Messerfechten)), as well as some of the first English translations of numerous manuscripts (including Kolner fechtbuch (2010), Folz, Q.566 (2011), Von Eyb’s Kriegbuch (2012), and Karl Wassmannsdorf’s 16th Century Ringbuch (2016)). He has also created the first computer-assisted models of manuscript stemma within HEMA, and derived 5 Critical Editions. All above-mentioned works are freely available at: https://independent.academia.edu/JamieAcutt/

Since 2010, he has been involved in 3 groups, being a founder-member of the Devonshire Wrestling Society, Director of The Eskirmological Society and The Medieval Fencing Institute.

He currently works as a UX Design for a Big Tech company, and lives on the South Devon coastline with his wife and 3 daughters.


  1. Discovered & transcribed Ms. GBf18.a, which included a fragment of the a fight-verse from 'Magister Beringois' ('Fightlore of Beringois MS GBf18a')
  2. Discovered & transcribed Cod. Guelf. 38.21 Aug. 2°, which included the only known work attributed to David Lienhart Sollinger
  3. Translated all German manuscripts on Fencing pre-dating 1600 (privately published)
  4. (2015), Warbook: Complete translation of the Works of Ludwig von Eyb (A full translation of Ludwig (VI) von Eyb zum Hartenstein's 1511 Kriegsbuch (Warbook), based upon the Signatur Ms. B 26 of Universitäts-Bibliothek-Erlangen. Using original scans by permission of Universitäts-Bibliothek-Erlangen.)
  5. (2012) Bestellen 7020 translation
  6. The Seven Stances of Hans Medel (translation from Engstrom transcription)
  7. Fechtspruch (Hans Sachs, transcription and translation - privately disseminated)
  8. Fechtlied of Hans Folz (MS Q.566) (transcription, translation and Biography)
  9. Reichsstadt "Schätze" Nr. 82 (transcription - privately disseminated)
  10. Discovery of a reference to the Fechtbuch of Hans Entner
  11. Critical Edition of the Gladiatoria Manuscripts (transcription and translation)
  12. Critical Edition of the Talhoffer Manuscripts (transcription and translation)
  13. Martin Syber Fechtlehre (transcription and translation)
  14. Nicolaüs Augsburger (transcription and translation)
  15. Hugo Wittenwiler (partial translation, Long Sword section)
  16. Jobst von Württemberg (translation)
  17. Hans Czyner (translation, based upon Bergner & Giessauf (2006) Wurgegriff und Mordschlag)
  18. Additional: Ein khurtzer Vnderricht vnd Einleydung wie fortheyl Im ringen zu geprauchen sey (Wassmansdorff, (Bl. 93a)) (transcription and translation of Wrestling teachings)
  19. Additional: Karl Wassmannsdorff, Sechs Fechtschulen, Heidelberg (transcription
  20. Cross-comparison of techniques identifed using the Paleoeskirmological Method
  21. Book: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2009); Knightly Martial Arts (on Amazon)
  22. Paper: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2008); The Epistemology of Historical Combat Systems
  23. Paper: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2009); German Commonplace or Customary fencing (Critical edition): A cross-comparison between sources on English Two-hand Sword, German Zweihander, Spanish Montante & Italian Spadone (Privately disseminated, included translation. Revised 2014 - to be Publically available)
  24. Paper: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2011); BEST 7020, Köln fechtbuch (translation)
  25. Paper: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2012); De Veris Principiis Artis Dimicatoria (The True Principles of the Art of Combat): A Short Treatise by Henry Von Gunterrodt dated 1579 (full Latin transcription, translation in draft - online shortly)
  26. Paper: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2012); MS GBf18a: Fightlore of Magister Beringois (transcription & Stemmatology with Hans Folz account, identification of new sub-tradition, original 2012 paper)
  27. Paper: James Wallhausen (pseudonym) (2012); Cod. Guelf. 38.21 Aug. 2°: Messerfechtens of David Lienhart Sollinger (transcription - back online shortly, Wiktenauer listing)
  28. Book: Jamie Acutt (2012-2013); An Critical Edition of the Johannes Liechtenauer Fightlore (transcription, translation, Computer-assisted Stemmatology)
  29. Paper: Jamie Acutt (2014); Johannes Liechtenauer: An investigation into the sociology behind the witnesses of the German corpus
  30. Paper: Jamie Acutt (2014); Liechtenauer the Scholastic: A Study of Aristotelian Scholasticism and how it relates to framing the topics covered by the Liechtenauer corpus
  31. Book: Jamie Acutt (2014); Unarmed Fencing (Die Freifechtens of Jakob Happel) (Critical edition of Happel's works on Unarmed Combat, transcription and translation)
  32. Paper: Jamie Acutt (2016); A Statistical Analysis of the Martial Art presented in the Liechtenauer fechtbücher
  33. Foundation of 'New Chivalry' as an updated Holistic approach to an Historical Combat System
  34. Foundation of The 'Devonshire Wrestling Society' as a recreational and reconstructionist group for a traditional Devon martial art.
  35. Paper: Jamie Acutt (2016); German Sword & Buckler Fencing (Critical Edition)
  36. Paper: Jamie Acutt (2016); The Liechtenauer Playbook
  37. Paper: Jamie Acutt (2016); Unknown & Lost German Fencing Manuscripts
  38. Book: Jamie Acutt (2019); Swords, Science, and Society, Fallen Rook Publishing

Peer-reviewed Scientific Periodicals & Journals

  • IMAS Journal (2015); Risk in Hand-to-Hand Combat: Applying an Operational Risk Assessment Model to better understand the function of Martial Arts, Volume 004 Issue 004, Autumn 2015, pp. 26-79.
  • IMAS Journal (2016); The Cybernetics of the Martial Arts: A proposed application of Cybernetics to the study of the function of Martial Arts, Volume 005 Issue 002, Spring 2016, pp.18-85.
  • ICSSPE Journal (2016); Aristotelian Science behind a Medieval European Martial Art, International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, Special Bulletin.

Further resources

  1. http://eskirmology.co.uk/jamieacutt
  2. https://independant.academia.edu/JamieAcutt