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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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Meyer’s Longsword – First Device Against Tag

Here begins our interpretations for Meyer’s chapter 11, Fighting form the Postures. What is Tag (or vom Tag is you prefer)? Before we begin with the device itself, let us talk about what means to be in Tag. Meyer says … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword – vom Tag Guard Analysis

Feet (red lines) are in line. Back foot is in-line with leg, right foot nearly straight. Back leg is straight, front knee is bent so lower leg is straight. Loose grip with right hand. Tighter grip with left hand. Left … Continue reading

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Practice Notes: Stepping Against vom Tag

Among the various groups I train the use of Zwerch against vom Tag is taught exactly the same way. Here is there drill: Starting in wide measure, both fencers assume left vom Tag. The agent steps far to his right … Continue reading

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Practice Notes – Master Cuts are not Belly High

My experiments with the center vom Tag turnout out better than expected. Look at these images of the master cuts, they are all aiming for the head. When using vom Tag on the right, my target was the chest or … Continue reading

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That’s not vom Tag!

I’ve been playing at German longsword for nearly as long as I’ve been playing at rapier. But only last night did I come to the realization that I, and everyone who taught me or trained with me, has been doing … 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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