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Practice Notes: Follow-up on the Steeply Angled Zwerch

First of all, since people still refuse to believe what’s right in front of their eyes when it comes to older illustrations, here is Meyer also showing that the Zwerch is performed with a very steeply angled cut. As for … Continue reading

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Longsword – Cutting to the Ochs and Pflug

When examining the illustrations in Ringeck and other older manuscripts, I was told something to the effect of “if we used a zwerch like the illustrations, we’d be hitting with the flat”. While flat strikes do exist, they don’t look like … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Take on Breaking vom Tag with the Zwerch

In the Liechtenauer glosses we often see this passage, The second is the Zwerch [thwart-cut], which breaks the guard vom Tag [from-the-roof]. This is one of the “vier versetzen” or “four displacements”. While the word displacement may mean parry, in … Continue reading

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Meyer’s Longsword 2, Chapter 2 – Introducing the Zwerch

This post continues the rough draft of our second German longsword workbook. As always, suggestions are welcome. Meyer German Longsword 1 Meyer’s German Longsword 2 (Preview) Chapter 2 – Indes in the Onset This chapter begins by introducing a new … 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 – Kniecheihauw or Wrist Cut

I’m almost embarrassed to write up this technique because it is so simple. A Kniecheihauw is just a Zwerch to wrist. You can use this whenever your opponent goes into a high guard, either in the onset or in the … Continue reading

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