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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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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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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: Intro to 1560

The introduction to Meyer’s 1560 longsword lists numbers guards and cuts. To my annoyance, it doesn’t actually cover all of these. Even the primary guard Fool and the master cut Scalper (i.e. vertext or parting cut) are omitted from the … Continue reading

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Codex Wallerstein – Plate 9

The topic of this lesson is “vor”. Next, if you bind someone’s sword and he strikes forcefully at your head: parry with your short edge and run at him so that he has to strike; if he strikes you from … 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 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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