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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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Meyer’s Longsword – Alber Guard Analysis

Left foot is turned slightly out. Right foot is turned out, but not quite 90 degrees. Right foot is flat on the ground. Left foot (blue line) is to outside of the opponent’s feet (red lines). Body forms a straight … 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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Breaking Alber or Mittelhut with Scheitelhauw, the Scalp Cut

If someone is transitioning into Alber or Mittelhut it is trivial matter to safely strike at their head. But if they are already resting in that position then you need some guile. Even if you strike to their head lands, … Continue reading

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Stepping Off-line from Alber

…works really well for me. Especially when I use the false edge to hit the trailing edge of my opponent’s blade, giving it extra momentum in the direction it was already going. If I do this especially well and they … Continue reading

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Longsword: Cuts from Alber

I’ve been working through my German Longsword workbook and have come to the realization that cuts from Alber can actually be quite fast. The trick is in how you prepare for the cut. It is tempting to completely leave Alber … Continue reading

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Practice Notes – Breaking Alber with Schlüssel

When you see your opponent in Alber, approach in Ochs or vom Tag. As you reach wide measure, drop into Schlüssel, the Key guard. use this guard to constrain his sword, making the rising cut ineffectual.   When doing the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Cutting from vom Tag to Alber

The basic High or Scalp cut travels along the line of A to E. It starts in vom Tag, travels through Langort, and end in Alber. This passage does not mention any footwork and, as Meyer will say several times, … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Guards Part 4 of 4

The low guards. Alber –Fool [Master Guard] Meyer does not like this guard. While other masters seem to imply the person attacking is the fool, Meyer bluntly states that he thinks the fool is the one who is using the … Continue reading

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