Category Archives: Paulus Hector Mair

Scholars of Alcala Class Notes – May 22, 2016

Facebook – YouTube – Member’s Site Longsword Today we focused on drills 1 & 2 from our article Longsword – Drills for Pflug/Posta Breve/Porta di Ferro. One of the things we noted is that you don’t necessarily want to make … Continue reading

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Longsword Guard Analysis – Low vom Tag

I’ve long been taught to avoid raising the right elbow while in low vom Tag, as that leads to the “samurai movie Tag”, as shown in this statue from Happy Mall. The main reason I was given for this was … Continue reading

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Understanding Breaking Alber by Working From Alber

Breaking Alber refers to attacking someone who is resting in said guard with the intent of displacing them from the guard. A lot of ink has been spilt discussing what the person who is breaking the guard should do, with … Continue reading

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Correcting Guardia di Sopra il Bracco with Mair and MS I.33

Having established yesterday that feet are allowed to be crossed, we would like to reexamine Guardia di Sopra il Bracco. First, the text: The fourth is called “guardia di sopra il braccio” because the hand that grips the sword comes … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – The Pflug from Both Sides

This begins with both fencers in right Pflug. If your opponent is in left Pflug, reverse the instructions. Step in towards the opponent with the right foot and hang the sword at your left side. Then drive up with the … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – The Ochs from Both Sides

When both you and your opponent stand in Ochs, you can use this technique to offend him. It happens like this in the Ochs (Ox). Stand with the left foot forward and hold your sword with crosswise hands above your … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – Schaitlerhaw (Vertex Strike)

Stand with the left leg in front and lift your sword above your head with extended arms (as in illustration). Then spring in towards him with the right foot and strike with the long edge directly to the top of … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – The Schillerhaw (Squinting Strike) from Both Sides

This play begins with what seems to be a description of breaking Pflug using a Schielhauw. When you come to the closing with the opponent, set your left leg out in front such that the short edge is wound under. … Continue reading

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Hanging Against Zornhau

A retelling of Mair’s Zornhau Against the Thrust With wrath I have struck,right foot and right arm traveling together,his head and neck our my prize. With hands held high I have sprung to left,his blade caught, I lower mine as … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – Zwirchhaw from Both Sides

With the Right Foot Forward When you come to the closing with the opponent, stand with the right foot forward such that the short edge is wound towards you. Then follow outward with your left leg and strike the Zwirchhaw … Continue reading

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