Liechtenauer 39-42

Liechtenauer writes,

Five strikes learn
from the right hand against the opposition.
Then we promise
that your arts will be rewarded.

This the the prelude to talking about the five master strikes. While other strikes are important, as well as foot- and handwork, full mastery of these is essential to the system.

Ringeck takes it even farther and suggests that these are the only strikes one should use to defend attacks that your opponent throws from his right side. If that is the case it seems to me that these should have been referred to as “the five responses” rather than the five master cuts.

Tolber doesn’t go quite so far, merely saying that they can be used to meet an attack.

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