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Liechtenauer 70-82 – Do you pay attention to your enemy?

To Break the Four Openings Four openings know,aim: so you hit certainly, upon all gowithout regard for how he acts.When you want to consider,how to break the four openings with skill:above dupliere,below well mutliere.I say to you truthfully:he can not … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 51-69 – The Zornhau, The Strike of Wrath

The strikes at you from above, threaten with the point of the Zornhau.If he becomes aware of it, taken away above and drive on.Be stronger against: turn, thrust. If he sees that, be done.Memorize this: strike, thrust, position – soft … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 43-50 – The 17 Techniques

There are 17 techniques that Liechtenauer promises to cover, starting with the five master strikes. Zornhau Krumphau Zwerchhau Schielhau Scheitelhau The guards are next. Liechtenauer only lists Alber, though Ringeck says that four guards will be covered. The four displacements … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 39-42

Liechtenauer writes, Five strikes learnfrom the right hand against the opposition.Then we promisethat your arts will be rewarded. This the the prelude to talking about the five master strikes. While other strikes are important, as well as foot- and handwork, … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 31-38

Liechtenauer writes, Before and After, these two thing, are to all skill a well-spring. Weak and Strong, Indes – that word – always remember. So should you learn with skill to work and defend. If you are scared willingly, no … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 28-30 cont.

According to Ringeck, Liechtenauer is specifically talking about the first cut in the engagement. The concern is that if a right hander cuts from the left he may be find himself in a bind in the left, which is disadvantagous … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 28-30

Continuing with Liechtenauer, we see this passage: Listen to what is wrong,do not fight above the left, if you are rightand if you are left, on the right you limp as well. Interpretation 1 My first guess was, “If you … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer 1-14

Liechtenauer expects you to learn wrestling and a wide variety of weapons including the spear, sword, and dagger. He prefers an aggressive technique and scorns those who allow themselves to be forced into a defensive posture. His final comment is … Continue reading

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Ringeck – Introduction

Ringeck, Notes on Introduction Ringeck claims that Johannes Liechtenauer wrote down his techniques using “secret and hidden words” so that they wouldn’t become widely known. That may have been true, but Lindholm and Svärd have put forth an alternate theory … Continue reading

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Liechtenauer, Notes on L16-27

For studying Ringeck, I am using both the Tobler and Lindholm/Svärd translations. Since they present the text in a different order, I am using Master Liechtenauer’s verse as a cross reference. Using the version found on pages 2-7 of Tobler, … Continue reading

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