Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mair’s Longsword – The Ochs from Both Sides

When both you and your opponent stand in Ochs, you can use this technique to offend him. It happens like this in the Ochs (Ox). Stand with the left foot forward and hold your sword with crosswise hands above your … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – Schaitlerhaw (Vertex Strike)

Stand with the left leg in front and lift your sword above your head with extended arms (as in illustration). Then spring in towards him with the right foot and strike with the long edge directly to the top of … Continue reading

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Breaking Alber or Mittelhut with Scheitelhauw, the Scalp Cut

If someone is transitioning into Alber or Mittelhut it is trivial matter to safely strike at their head. But if they are already resting in that position then you need some guile. Even if you strike to their head lands, … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – The Schillerhaw (Squinting Strike) from Both Sides

This play begins with what seems to be a description of breaking Pflug using a Schielhauw. When you come to the closing with the opponent, set your left leg out in front such that the short edge is wound under. … Continue reading

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Hanging Against Zornhau

A retelling of Mair’s Zornhau Against the Thrust With wrath I have struck,right foot and right arm traveling together,his head and neck our my prize. With hands held high I have sprung to left,his blade caught, I lower mine as … Continue reading

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Using Schielhauw to Break Pflug

If someone is resting in a guard, making an earnest attack against the head or body is usually a really bad idea. Even more so if it is a particularly strong guard like Pflug. In order to unsettle the opponent … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – Zwirchhaw from Both Sides

With the Right Foot Forward When you come to the closing with the opponent, stand with the right foot forward such that the short edge is wound towards you. Then follow outward with your left leg and strike the Zwirchhaw … Continue reading

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Giovanni dall’Agocchie – First Provocation

There is no safe way to directly attack someone who has settled into a guard. No matter what line you choose, there is a simple and effective counter available. So you need to wait for your opponent to adjust feet, … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – Krumphau from Both Sides

When you come to the closing with the opponent, set the left foot forward and hold your sword with the point at your right side and remain hence standing in the Krumphaw (Crooked/Off-line strike). If he then strikes you from … Continue reading

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A feint that was too good

I used to try this this feint from Meyer, but I usually wound up getting hit. I used to think my feint wasn’t convincing enough, but actually that wasn’t the problem at all. In the Onset, come into right Wrath, … Continue reading

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