Meyer’s Longsword – Cutting from Eisenport to Einhorn

This cut is quite simple once you see it in action. One is merely going from Eisenport (3rd in Rapier) to Einhorn (1st with the tip upwards) using a J-shaped motion. This cut travels along the line of E to A and passes thru Hangort along the way.

Looking at the plates for this cut actually did me more harm than good. Hangort is shown on the left, Einhorn on the right. If you try to mix a left-side Hangort with a right-side Einhorn you’ll make all kinds of weird rotations and probably end up tripping on your own feet.

Cutting from E to A without a Step

To master this action you must first learn to do it without a step. Once the cuts start feeling fluid you can add one or two steps into the equation.

Start in Eisenport with the left foot forward. Rotate the sword counter-clockwise so that the long edge is up and your wrists crossed. The tip will move in a J-shaped arc. Keeping the arms extended, pull the hilt upwards as high as it will go. Once you reach that point you will be in Hangort, with the hilt higher than the point. Don’t pause, allow the momentum to carry the tip upwards until you are in Einhorn on the right.

If the right foot is forward, your initial action will be to rotate the sword clockwise. The long edge will again be up, but the wrists will not be crossed. Pull the hilt up as before, this time ending in Einhorn on the left.

Index Notation: IgL; CutAEGHpGUn

Cutting from E to A with a Step

When taking a step, the feet start opposite as before. So if your right foot is forward, you will complete this cut with the sword on the right side. The step beings as the sword passes through the bottom of the J and begins its ascent. The foot should land slightly after you pass through Hangort, preferably just as the blade is reaching horizontal. The goal is for the foot and blade to make contact at the same time.

Index Notation: IgL; SpCutAEGHpGUn

Cutting from E to A with Two Steps

This move can cover a lot of ground, but is a risky proposition. If you decide to not take the second step you end up in the uncomfortable position of having your hands on the wrong side of your body. This can be mitigated by stopping in Hangort instead of continuing onto Einhorn.

Starting with the left foot forward, make the same counter-clockwise rotation you would make if standing still. Step a little quicker this time so that the foot lands as you pass through Hangort. Stop here or continue with a second step while transitioning into Einhorn.

Index Notation: IgL; SppCutAEGHpGUn

Conclusion

I intend to work on all three, though I currently have doubts about the two-step variant. The hardest part to master is probably paying attention to your feet and knowing which direction to start the action in. Once you start moving, the rest flows easily.

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