Monthly Archives: August 2013

Rethinking Using Schielhauw to Break Pflug

When last I wrote about using the squinter to break Pflug I missed a very important aspect. Much like the mezzo mandritto in Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s Third Provocation from Coda Lunga Stretta, the Schielhauw should not be thrown as a beat. … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Third Offense against Guardia di Testa

This next action really should have followed the first offense. Or pretend to attack with a mandritto, but throw a riverso. Ideally you abort the mandritto just before the blades clash. If they touch, and then you leave, your opponent … Continue reading

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Refining the Schielhauw as a Parry

We’ve been working on the Schielhauw (squinting cut) and have uncovered some refinements that we don’t want to lose. Which Schielhauw to use? When being attacked from above or to your upper-left opening, use the Schielhauw that ends in an … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – Second Offense against Guardia di Testa

Or extend a thrust to his face and throw a tramazzone. The second offense against Guardia di Testa is a true provocation. The thrust causes him to raise his sword, exposing his arm to the tramazzone that follows. Note that … Continue reading

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Antonio Manciolino – First Offense against Guardia di Testa

Finding both yourself and your opponent in Guardia di Testa, a natural attack is a mandritto against the face, flank, or leg. Manciolino writes, throw a mandritto to his face, or flanks, or if you wish, to his leg. This … Continue reading

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Renaming the Strikes and Guards

The strikes and guards renamed by Johannes Lecküchner. The Krumphau, or Crooked Stroke, becomes the Weckerhau – the Awakening Stroke. The Zwerchhau, or Thwart Stroke, becomes the Entrüsthau – the Disarming Stroke. The Schielhau, or Squinting Stroke, becomes the Zwingerhau … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Fourth Provocation from Coda Lunga Stretta

The fourth provocation requires some pretty fancy blade work. This can be done with an arming sword, but is much, much easier with an actual sides sword. The difference being that a side sword, like a rapier, has finger rings … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – Third Provocation from Coda Lunga Stretta

At first glance this appears to be a beat like the first two provocations, You can also give a mezzo mandritto to the enemy’s sword, promptly stepping forward with your right foot and thrusting a punta riversa into his chest, … Continue reading

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Do you know how to thrust with the longsword? If so, did you remember to teach your practice partners?

Yesterday I realized that I never taught my study group how to thrust. So naturally they were stepping in with bent arms, then they extended the arms, followed by an unbalanced lean of the body. This is my fault, not … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – The Pflug from Both Sides

This begins with both fencers in right Pflug. If your opponent is in left Pflug, reverse the instructions. Step in towards the opponent with the right foot and hang the sword at your left side. Then drive up with the … Continue reading

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