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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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Mair’s Longsword – Zwirchhaw from Both Sides

With the Right Foot Forward When you come to the closing with the opponent, stand with the right foot forward such that the short edge is wound towards you. Then follow outward with your left leg and strike the Zwirchhaw … Continue reading

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Mair’s Longsword – A Play of Zornhau Against the Thrust

Translations: http://www.hroarr.com/manuals/liechtenauer/mair_longsword.pdf http://freifechter.com/PHM_Longsword_full.pdf http://freifechter.com/PHM_Longsword_2.pdf First Actor – Myer’s German Translation Zornhau Against the Thrust It happens that you stand with the Zornhaw (Wrath Strike) with the left foot forward. Then follow after with the right and hit him strongly from … Continue reading

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Zwerch from Ochs? Don’t be silly.

I’m starting to think that it is silly to throw Zwerch from high guards, especially Ochs. I’ve been experimenting with using the Zwerch from Nebenhut and found it to be frightenly fast. The tip only has to travel a quarter-circle … Continue reading

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