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Johann Georg Pascha

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Johann Georg Pascha
Born 9 September 1628
Dresden, Germany
Died 4 September 1678
Magdeburg, Germany
Spouse(s) Annen Margarethen
  • Johann Pascha (father)
  • Magdalena Frauenstein (mother)
Occupation Fencing master
Language New High German
Notable work(s) See below
Manuscript(s) MS Dresd.C.13 (?) (1671)

Johann Georg Pascha (Pasch, Pasche, Paschen, Passchen; 1628-1678) was a 17th century German fencing master and one of the most prolific authors on fencing of his time. He wrote at least fourteen books on military subjects including grappling, fencing with the pike, rapier, staff, and spear, musketry, cutting, and various gymnastic exercises.

The following is a list of Pascha's known works:[1]


Additional Resources


  1. Benjamin Conan. "XVII Century Historical European Martial Arts: A Commented Bibliography of Johann Georg Paschen". Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. “alsdenn ziehen sich die Adern biss ins Haupt.” Eli Steenput translated this sentence by « the goat bit him in the veins of the head », confusing ‘ziehen’ and ‘ziegen’, maybe because of a mistake in the 1666 version. Neither the text nor the illustration indicates a headbutt, as he suggests.
  3. The literal text indicates « so that your hip comes to your stomach », but it is likely that there is a confusion between ‘deine’ and ‘seine’.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The original order of the plays has been conserved here, but it is very likely that lessons 17 and 18 of the 7th part were mistakenly inverted.