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Meyer’s Longsword Workbook 2, Chapter 3 – The Middle and End of the Fight

This is the final chapter on the Example Device. Next up is the cutting patterns, which focuses more on techniques than broad topics. Chapter 3 – The Middle and End of the Fight In this chapter we shall look at … 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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Meyer’s Longsword – The Sturtzhauw or Plunging Strike

This is a high cut with the short edge of the sword. It is used to attack over an obstacle such as a sword in Ochs or a shield. In the SCA this is known as a Scorpion or Sky … Continue reading

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Discussion on Sturtzhauw, the plunging strike

  Meyer often describes cuts that seem a lot more like plays to me and I believe the sturtzhauw is a two step attack rather than a strike you throw directly. The way I see it the sturtzhauw begins with … Continue reading

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Talhoffer 1467, Plate 2 Left

This guard appears to be Ochs or Ox.  Shown below are Meyer, Solothurner, and two from Mair.    According to Talhoffer’s caption, this guard is used to throw a Plunging Cut or Sturtzhauw. Meyer describes the Sturtzhauw as, Although this … Continue reading

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