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Meyer’s Rapier – Annotated Cutting Diagrams

In Meyer’s 1570 text, we find three statues that serve as cutting diagram. The cuts relating to these diagrams can be found in the beginning of chapter 4. Vertical Cuts The first vertical cut (red) is the Scalp Cut or … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Sidesword (Rappier) – Index of Plays

I just finished the the index of sidesword plays from Meyer’s 1570 text. http://fechtkunst.wikispaces.com/Joachim+Meyer#Art of Combat, 1570-Sidesword (Rappier) Of course the text step is to find (or make) videos of all of the plays. But at least it’s a start. … Continue reading

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Beating vs. Slicing Off with the Rapier

Since it came up in my last post, I should talk about what I mean by “beat”. When I hear that term I think of a sharp strike that leaves the point more or less online. It is used to … Continue reading

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Notes on Meyer’s Rapier

Here are some rough notes from a SoCaL Swordfight class by Jeff Jacobson of Tattershall School of Defense. If anything seems wrong assume that my notes were flawed rather than his instruction. Primary Guards High Guard: Center, Left, and Right … Continue reading

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Applying Fabris to Meyer’s First Scalp Cut

One of the problems with the first device for the scalp cut (Schedelhauw) in Meyer’s Rapier is figuring out how to throw the cut. A simple wrist cut lacks power and a molinello temporarily moves the point off line. Since … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Schielhauw, The Squinting Cut

The Schielhauw for rapier begins with our fencer in the “high guard for the cut”. When the opponent throws a cut to either side of the body, step away from it. At the same time, cut at the forte of … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – Dempffhauw, the Suppressing Cut

Like the first scalp cut, the suppressing cut is a reaction to a cut thrown during the onset. When you see your opponent raise his sword in preparation for the cut, you do likewise. At the same time, you take … Continue reading

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An Interpretation of Meyer’s Rapier Parries

Meyer’s Rapier, parries Submitted by Katherina Weyssin

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Meyer’s Rapier – Irongate vs Straight Parrying

Irongate and Straight Parrying are very similar guards and are often mentioned together as if they were almost interchangeable. Both are defensive postures known for their ability to respond to practically any attack. The difference between them is essentially the … Continue reading

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