Practice Notes for July 18, 2021

Meyer Longsword

We learned some new terms today. The first is the Zornhuaw (Wrath Cut). Meyer describes is as…

The Wrath Cut is a diagonal cut from your right shoulder at your opponent’s left ear or through his face and chest, diagonally through as shown by the two crossed lines that pass through the vertical line. This is the strongest of all cuts, and embodies all the might and virility of the combatant against his opponent in dueling and combat; therefore it is also called the Strife Cut [Streithauw] or Father Stroke [Vatterstreich} by the combat masters of old. Concerning these lines you will find hereafter, etc.

The next term we learned was Zucken (Pulling or Twitching). Ringeck describes is as…

When you come against him in Zufechten, strike powerfully from above from your right shoulder in against his head. If he binds against the sword with a parry or suchlike, step in closer to him in the bind and twitch your sword up and away from his and cut back down against him on the other side of the head.

The word Zufechten means “onset” or the “initial stage of combat”. Note that Ringeck adds a step during or just before the twitch.

Meyer offers an option to make it even more tricky. Instead of going to the other side, you stay on the original side and hit with the back-edge of the sword. We will look at this variant in a future lesson.

You can deceive your opponent masterfully with pulling, which is a very good handwork. You shall do it thus: After you have bound your opponent or cut in at his opening with the long edge, then quickly pull back up as if you intended to cut at the other side; however, do not proceed, but quickly complete the cut with the short edge back at the spot from which you have gone away.

As you can see, each basic technique has numerous variants. And the Zucken is just one of several responses to a hard bind from your opponent.


Here are the images we mentioned during the book session.



Scholars of Fiore speculate that the beards represent the difficulty level of the technique. Basic techniques are presented by a clean shaven fencer. A simple moustache and beard represent the next level. A short golden beard comes after that. The most difficult techniques, according to this theory, are indicated with a long golden beard that splits in two as shown above.


On Sundays and Wednesdays the local branch of the SCA practices at Allied Gardens Park. For more information see

I will be hosting craft sessions for woodworking, metal working, leather working, blacksmithing, copper smithing, etc. on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. This is not a Scholars of Alcala event. If you wish to participate contact me directly at

SoCal Sword is now taking orders. We generally use Blackfencer swords.

We also use Pentti swords, which are imported by Purpleheart Armory.

Next Week

After warmups, we will start with Agrippa’s Prima. This will include both attacks and defensive actions. Handouts on this material will be provided in class.


Then we’ll look at the longsword equivalent known as Ochs. Again, we’ll be looking at a mix of offensive and defensive actions from this posture including the thrust. This material can be found in chapter 2 of your Meyer Longsword study guide. Bring your study guide so you can take notes.


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