Category Archives: Meyer’s Longsword

Complete Video Index of Meyer’s Longsword Chapter 4

We’ve just completed the first pass at video taping interpretations of all of the the techniques described in chapter 4 of Meyer’s longsword. The index includes videos from a variety of clubs and individuals including, Aaron Pynenberg Dustin Reagan Hellenic … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – His Pedagogy for Tag and Defeating the Opening Zwerch

I am a firm believer in learning how to use a guard as a static posture before learning how to break it. My theory is that you should never linger in a guard if you don’t know how to deal … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Take on Breaking vom Tag with the Zwerch

In the Liechtenauer glosses we often see this passage, The second is the Zwerch [thwart-cut], which breaks the guard vom Tag [from-the-roof]. This is one of the “vier versetzen” or “four displacements”. While the word displacement may mean parry, in … Continue reading

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A Quick Note on the Grip for Meyer’s Ochs

Look closely at this illustration of Meyer’s Ochs. If we color the right hand, we can see that there’s arguably five fingers: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. Given the difficulty of placing a finger beneath another finger, we can … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Tag Device 3

The third device for Tag is used to defeat rising attacks to your right side. Again it assumes that your opponent won the initiative while you were in Tag preparing your own attack. A Krump-like Parry As with Tag 2, … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Tag Device 2

The context of this device is that your opponent has gain the initiative and is attacking your left side from below while you are in Tag. This could happen in the onset, but is equally likely to occur in the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Wechsel Guard Analysis and Videos

We have been taking a long hard look at Wechsel lately and have come to the conclusion that we’ve been doing a few things wrong. Most importantly, we’ve been allowing our arms to hang low and fully extended. But if … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Why the Outside Flat in Tag 1?

In Tag Device 1, Meyer tells us to throw the first parry with the outside flat. Why that flat and not the inside flat. Here are some theories. Transverse Sword Positioning When you parry from right to left with the … Continue reading

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Pflug is not Meant for Cutting

Lately I’ve been thinking more about how to use guards. In the past I fear that I was overly concerned about what could be done from a guard rather than what should be done. Take, for example, Pflug. Being a … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Fixing our Kronhauw

We recently fixed a major problem with our interpretation of the Kronhauw. Previous Interpretation Our old interpretation was to simply thrust the sword into the Kron posture such that the opponent’s long edge slides down our edge onto the shilt … Continue reading

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