Lesson Plan for Meyer’s Longsword: Running Off and First Tag

Ch 10. Open with a review of the feints from Meyer’s Cross.

Ch 11. Introduce the Prellhauw in the context of the First Device against Tag. This is a parry with the flat, followed by a rising cut to the right arm, then a short edge cut back to the left ear.

Ch 10. Return to the cutting patterns and look at the first Ablauffen described (but not named as such) at 1.29r.2. This is a cut to the left ear that, as soon as the parry is started, falls to the side and becomes a short edge cut to the right ear.

Ch 11. Returning to the device, if it becomes clear the short edge cut to the left ear will be parried, use the Ablauffen touch the blades touch to attack the right ear with the short edge.


  • Ablauffen – Running Off: To let the point of your sword fall to the side during a cut or parry so that it can quickly loop around to strike a different opening. This can be done as a feint or as soon as the the weapons touch.
  • Fehien – Failing: A feint, which is to say an attack that is redirected once it is clear that it will be parried but before the blades actually touch. 
  • Prellhauw – Rebound Cut: To strike or parry with the flat of the sword in a way that leads to a cut with the edge.
  • Slip: To reposition the sword for a parry.


Ch. 10: Adding Feints to Meyer’s Cross

Ch. 10: Using Ablauffen or Running Off

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