Monthly Archives: January 2012

Meyer’s Longsword – Guards Part 2 of 4

The remaining high guards. vom Tag – From the Roof or From the Day  [Master Guard] Note: There is dispute as to whether Tag should be translated as “from the day” or “from the roof”. Meyer’s describes the vom Tag … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – What is this guard?

At first the image bellow looks like Ochs, but the hands are crossed on the left. That implies that the fencer is simply left-handed, but look at the feet. Meyer describes the Ox on the Left as having the right … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Guards Part 1 of 4

Ochs – Ox [Master Guard] Meyer divides the Ochs or Ox into three guards. The primary form of Ochs has the tip lowered towards the face. The short-edge is up, but not completely vertical. The feet are opposite the blade; that … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Divisions of the Sword

This chapter covers the standard terminology with no surprises. The only thing of interest is the German words for the terms. Knopf: Pommel Ort: Point Creutz: Quillons /Gefeß: Hilt Heft: Haft /Bint: Grip Klinge: Blade Stercke: Forte: Strong Schweche: Foible: … Continue reading

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Codex Wallerstein Wrestling – Third Lesson

When fighting a stronger opponent keep your distance and watch out for attacks that can break your low stance. Keep backing up if necessary until you see a chance to catch his foot or slip under him and throw him. … Continue reading

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Codex Wallerstein Wrestling – The Other Lesson

The “other lesson” is a bit misleading, there is also a third lesson and a “furthermore” before specific techniques are discussed. If the opponent is weaker, attack first and use Strength to overcome him. If the opponent is of equal … Continue reading

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Codex Wallerstein Wrestling – First Lesson

There are three elements in Wallerstein’s wrestling: Strength, Reach, and Agility. While all are important, it is implied in the introduction that each technique will emphasize one element more than another. The element of Strength is not just brute power, … Continue reading

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