Monthly Archives: November 2012

Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Guardia di Faccia vs Langort

Continuing our thought from yesterday, can Langort be used as an interpretation of Guardia di Faccia? First the text, The third is called “guardia di faccia” which agrees with the previous one in two things, and differs in only one; … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Is Guardia di Testa the same as I.33’s Halpschilt?

Consider this description from Manciolino, The second is called “guardia di testa” which is made with equal and even extension of both arms toward the enemy in this fashion: that when you will have extended your fists, they will be … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Guardia Alta

There isn’t much to say about Guardia Alta. The stance can be narrow or wide, with either foot forward, just so long as the sword is held high and the buckler pushed out as far as it can go while … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Verfliegen or Flitting

Meyer writes, This happens thus: in the Onset or the middle of the work, when you cut at your opponent’s opening, and he goes against you to catch your stroke in the air, then do not let his blade connect … Continue reading

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Two ways of throwing the Zwerch

It has occurred to me that there are two ways to throw a Zwerch from Zornhut. The first is a simple short edge cut that travels horizontally from start to finish. The second option begins life as a Zornhau that … Continue reading

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Revisiting Meyer’s Ochs

Having seen that subtle differences can change the compass of cuts one can throw from a guard, it is time to look at Ochs again. Notice how Meyer’s ochs doesn’t sit with the flat upwards. Rather, it has the long … Continue reading

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Revisiting Meyer’s Zornhut

One criteria for evaluating a guard is how many cuts one can throw from it. The more options the guard offers you, the harder it will be for your opponent to predict your next action. Until recently my interpretation of … Continue reading

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Another Krumphauw for Meyer

I was recently introduced to another version of the krumphauw that ends as shown in the plate D. Pynenberg’s version gets us into that position while performing a long edge strike. This version also uses a long edge strike, but … Continue reading

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Paulus Hector Mair – Prechfennster or the Speaking Window Guard

I’m not sure how the initial cut is supposed to work here, but it sure looks interesting.  It happens like this in the Prechfennster (Speaking Window): stand with your right foot forward and hold your hilt in front of your … Continue reading

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