Codex Wallerstein Longsword – Plate 8

The topic of this lesson is “strength”.

Next, you to strike someone with a downward cut at his sword but he was stands it: go high behind him with your sword against the weak part of his sword so that your hilt is on his sword, and wind him with your short edge at his neck, as depicted here, so that you can throw him to the ground with force.



At the bind, push your sword forward and up while taking in advancing step with the lead foot. I say this because our fencer’s foot is between his opponent’s feet. This is not normally occur when performing a cut, but is essential when knocking over the opponent.

While this is happening you are also performing a wind onto the short edge. Once you have control of his weak against your hilt, you complete the action with a short edge cut. During this cut your hilt will slide back down his sword as seen in the picture above.

To continue this play, extend your arms forward to knock him over. Your foot between his feet causes him to be unstable, making this an easy action.

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2 Responses to Codex Wallerstein Longsword – Plate 8

  1. Grauenwolf says:


    Seems to me the fencer on the left is holding the sword a bit too close to the body. If he started about a foot back I believe our interpertations would be in agreement.

  2. Grauenwolf says:


    This is exactly what I’m trying to convey.

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