Meyer’s Longsword – Third Device for Tag

In the second device we looked at the parry against a rising attack on the left, today we look at the rising cut on the right.

Initial Parry: Krump

No real change here. The attack is against your right, so you step away from it to your opponent’s right while parrying with the long edge against his forte.

First Counter-Attack: Short to the Left Ear

This is where things get really interesting. Rather that attacking to the other side, Meyer once again tells us to use a short-edge cut to the left ear. This sounds like a typo at first, but Meyer specifically says that your sword will be beside or above his sword.

Meyer says that in doing this short-edge cut you push the pommel under your arm. This means that the cut must be with crossed arms, which again puts us in an Ochs-like position.

The Parry and Second Attack

Given where his sword is, the only parry the opponent has is a to push your sword to the right. That’s cool. Just let it run off along his right (your left) side, step well to his left side, and hit him with the long edge on the top of the head.

This illustration is close, but the right foot should be forward.


Zwerch to the Left Ear

Finally we get to use the trademark German Zwerch to the left ear. This is done with “a backstep on your left foot”. Not sure exactly what that means, given the right foot was forward, but the basic gist of it is that you’ve started your withdrawal with one last wounding attack.

Immediately after the Zwerch cut away as you see fit.

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