of Eskirmology

Eskirmology is the ‘Science of Fighting’, literally meaning ‘Fight, or Combat Logic’ from the Latin Eskirmire (‘Combat’) and the Greek Logos (‘Logic’). Academics and Scholars who apply the Eskirmological Framework to study interpersonal conflict may rightly be referred to as ‘Eskirmologists’.

The science is founded upon the study of the underlying functions and logic of fighting, permeating the social, behavioural, strategic and technical dimensions of such an event. Eskirmologists attempt to isolate particular actions and strategies which occur often and attempt a process of ‘regression’ to identify patterns which underlie successful behaviours.

Definition of noun

The term ‘Eskirmology’ is a compound noun following the same convention as other sciences appending the Greek, Logos (logic, ‘word’ in the biblical sense) to the end of a Latin noun.

The compound is made up of the aforementioned Logos, as well as the Latin word eskirmire, meaning ‘to skirmish’ and generally used as a verb referring to the struggle of two opposing sides towards a resolutions. The verb can be found in modern languages, particularly those with roots in Latin, such as:

  • French ‘L’escrime’,
  • Spanish ‘Esgrima’, or ‘Eskrima’;
  • Italian ‘Scrimia’.
  • The term was also used in Germany where it has cognates in ‘Schirmen’ and masters in the Middle Ages where routinely referred to as ‘Schirmeister’ (‘schirmmeister’, or ‘schirmaister’ depend upon variants), and schools of fighting where known as ‘schirmschule’ as well as related forms as ‘abschirmen’ (‘shield’); ‘beschirmen’ (‘guard’).
  • This can also be traced in Modern Dutch as Scherm (protect), and possibly Frankish (Old French) Skrank (to screen, or protect). This latter form is believed to be the origin of the English term ‘Screen’. It also appears in the German form ‘Skirmen’ from whence the Old English (Anglo Saxon) cognate Skirmysshen ‘to brandish a weapon’
  • This latter version is the origin of the modern English “Skirmish” where it has found more common usage in the form ‘scrimmage’ to refer to the grouped positions of resistance in the sports of Rugby dated to 1857. It also appears in the surname ‘scrimger’ itself based upon the French ‘eskermisseour’ or ‘eskrimeur’ meaning ‘fencing master’.


The practice of ‘Eskirmology’ is essentially based upon the reduction of martial arts down to their teleology (function), as well as their biomechanics. It demands rejection of local and foreign naming conventions, to relate to the technique outside of terminology. Eskirmological Institutes regularly host ‘exchanges’ with practitioners of various martial arts in a bid to understand, experiment and test theories, as well as extend or integrate other data sets into it’s data-base.

This process of terminology association is known as ‘normalisation’ wherein actions, behaviours or strategies are integrated into a scientific-based convention framework, which is based on the functions of Eskirmology. For example, there are five blows possible with the human arm, and those five blows appear in all martial arts around the world because we know that a) Space allows only five trajectories towards a single point (a ‘target’) and b) the human arm is a hinge which is limited in its range of motion. Therefore, Eskirmology refers to those blows as Types 1 to 5 but recognises that these five blows have names derived from particular cultures and languages from around the world. Regardless of name, the movement transcends and does not depend upon social conventions, but rather biomechanical ones.