Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meyer’s Longsword – Schneller and Zeckrur, Flicks and Tags

… or in other words, a snap. The flick or Tag-Hit is not actually delivered as a cut, but is rather flicked; it is executed in the middle of combat when one has occasion, namely when you make your weapon … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – The Wechselhauw or Change Cut

The Change Cut is simply to change off before your opponent with your cuts, from one side to another, from above to below, and vice versa, in order to confuse him. I’m tempted to interpret this as beginning the cut … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – The Kniecheihauw or Wrist Cut

This is a subtype of the Zwerch used in the middle of the fight. It seems like more of an attack of opportunity than something one would do intentionally. This is so called from the body part to which it … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – The Kronhauw or Crown Cut

In Meyer’s system Kron is not a guard. If anything, it is just a moment in time when the device transitions from a defensive thrust into a cut. The assumption here is that you caught the blow on the long … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – The Windthauw or Winding Cut

I think is this as a disengage wherein you cede both the body and the sword.  The Winding Cut is done in the following manner: if your opponent cuts at you from above, then cut from below with crossed hands … Continue reading

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Practice Notes: Scheitelhau, the Parting Strike, with Broken Steps

Scheitelhau, or the Parting Cut, is the last of the five Master Cuts. Like the other master cuts it begins with the Zornhau, which the ancients call the Father Stroke. And like any other cut, it it to be performed … Continue reading

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Practice Notes: Why Longsword Fencers should Learn Italian Rapier

Take a look at Capoferro plate 11: Imagine C’s right knee on the ground and D’s longsword laying flat and useless on his shoulder. That’s how I was punked last Wednesday. I’m not saying that you should necessarily learn to … Continue reading

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