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Meyer’s Forward – There Are Only Four Cuts

And the whole art of combat rests especially on two elements. The first consists of the cuts and thrusts with which you intent to harm and vanquish your opponent. The second element is the parries, which teaches you how to … Continue reading

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Ways to make the oberhau more protective

Thrown incorrectly, the high cut with the longsword can leave you terribly exposed. Here are some suggestions to make the high cut a but safer and more effective. (And yes, I do realize that #4 and 5 are contradictory. If … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 5

This plate is used to illustrate countering a Oberhau with a Zwerch. Since we already discussed this action in plate 4, I want to focus on plate itself. According to Mark Rector’s translation, the cut is to the throat. But … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 4 – Zornhut vs vom Tag

In this action, we see two fencers thrusting from the guards Zornhut and vom Tag. This may seem rather unusual, but the reasoning becomes clear if we consider the options that come before it. The Oberhau The play begins with … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – The Four Straight Cuts

There are four straight cuts, all performed with outstretched arms and the long edge of the sword: High, Wrath, Middle, and Low. In the headings below you will see several different terms for each of these cuts. Meyer also names … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – The First Scalp Cut revisited

When performing the first scalp cut in the vor it is essential that the opponent believes that you actually intend to perform a beat. Your opponent, not you, is the one who actually performs the disengage to the outside. When … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – The First Scalp Cut (part 2)

The second version of the Scalp Cut described by Meyer occurs in the Nach or after. This is essentially a response to cut that is thrown outside measure. The sequence it pretty simple. When you see the opponent about to … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Rapier – The First Scalp Cut (part 1)

The Scalp Cut [Schedelhauw], also known as the High Cut [Oberhauw], is a vertical, long edge cut along the line of A-E. Meyer presents two variants, the first occurs when the fencer has the initiative. This is known as being … Continue reading

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