The second longsword lesson, titled “Weakness” builds upon the first. It also begins with a bind, but now our fencer has two options. If the opponent is strong at the bind, out fencer will perform the same wind with a thrust as shown in plate 7.
On the other hand, if the opponent is weak our fencer will wind his blade downwards and to the left as shown in the following picture.
Note the position of the knuckles on the right hand. Our fencer has his short edge against the opponent’s blade. This allows him to follow up with a long edge cut, which will usually have a longer range than the short edge. It is also a more natural hand position, so it should be stronger and faster as well.
Meanwhile the opponent’s wrists are in an awkward position that offers very little leverage. The best they can hope for is a cut to the leg, but it will be slow and ineffectual and do nothing to protect their head.