|Died||1672 (aged 48)|
|Resting place||Leidsche Kerkhof, Amsterdam|
|Notable work(s)||Klare Onderrichtinge der|
|Concordance by||Michael Chidester|
Nicolaes Petter (1624 – 1672) was a 17th century German wine merchant and wrestling master. He was born in Mommenheim, Germany, and took on an apprenticeship in Amsterdam, Netherlands as a young man. He then joined the wine guild and went on to become a successful wine merchant. Petter practiced a style of grappling known as luctorius, and was known in his time as an undefeatable wrestler. His clientele seems to have consisted mostly of upper-class gentlemen, and the techniques he taught were considered more "civilized" than common wrestling.
Petter wrote an extensive treatise on grappling as a means of urban self-defense titled Klare Onderrichtinge der Voortreffelijke Worstel-Konst ("Clear Education in the Magnificent Art of Wrestling"), but did not publish it before his death in 1672. His widow inherited the manuscript and published it with illustrator Romeyn de Hooghe in 1674, and it was reprinted and translated many times in the following centuries. Sydney Anglo describes this text as "historically speaking, [one of] the [two] most important treatises on unarmed combat ever printed", and notes that "in many ways, the finest of all wrestling books—and deservedly the most famous—was the treatise by Nicolaes Petter and Romeyn de Hooghe".
- Blanes, Jerome. Nicolaes Petter, the Biography. Lulu.com, 2014. ISBN 978-1105916694
- Ott Jud; Dürer, Albrecht; Auerswald, Fabian von; Petter, Nicolaes; Paschen, Johann. Chronik alter Kampfkünste: Zeichnungen und Texte aus Schriften alter Meister entstanden 1443-1674. Weinmann, 2003. ISBN 978-3878920311
- Petter, Nicolaes. Nicolaes Petter - Self Defense Martial Art. Trans. Jerome Blanes. Lulu.com, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4583-2353-8
- Wassmannsdorff, Karl. Nicolaes Petter's Ring-Kunst vom Jahre 1674. Karl Groos: Heidelberg, 1887.
- Anglo, Sydney. The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2000. p 190-192