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Longsword – Making a Monkey of Your Opponent in Pflug

If you prefer to fight defensively from Pflug, or a similar low guard, it can be quite frustrating when your opponent doesn’t comply. Though you carefully open the line you want him to attack along, he either ignores your invitation … Continue reading

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Longsword – Drills for Pflug/Posta Breve/Porta di Ferro

While there are minor differences between these three guards, and within each one across different manuals, they are all described as essentially postures from which you primarily thrust. And yet I often see people just hanging out in them, trying … 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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Longsword – Right Underhauw vs. Meyer’s Left Pflug

Once again we are beginning in Meyer’s Left Pflug (Plow). This also works if the patient is in Schlussel (Key). As the right Underhauw (Under cut) comes in, the patient steps out to the left using his left foot. As … Continue reading

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Longsword – Left Zornhau vs. Meyer’s Left Pflug

This begins with the patient in Meyer’s Left Pflug (Plow). In theory, the patient could also be in Schlussel (Key). As the agent throws a left Zornhau (Wrath cut), the patient will make a small increase of the right foot … Continue reading

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Longsword – Zornhau vs. Meyer’s Left Pflug

This begins with the patient in Meyer’s Left Pflug (Plow). In theory, the patient could also be in Schlussel (Key). As the Zornhau is made, the patent fencer steps out with the left foot. This isn’t a passing step, the … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – Analysis of Right Pflug

The left foot is turned slightly out. The right foot is more than 90 degrees back. The heels are in line with each other. The back is in line with the rear leg. The head is inclined upward. The front … Continue reading

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Rethinking Using Schielhauw to Break Pflug

When last I wrote about using the squinter to break Pflug I missed a very important aspect. Much like the mezzo mandritto in Giovanni dall’Agocchie’s Third Provocation from Coda Lunga Stretta, the Schielhauw should not be thrown as a beat. … 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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Practice Notes: Right Ochs vs Right Pflug

This is a easy little trick. From right ochs, drop your tip slightly and cut to the weak of the sword along the line of F (riverso ridoppio for you Italians). Immediately follow this with a step and long edge … Continue reading

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