Meyer’s Longsword – Glützhauw, The Clashing Cut Revisited

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Glützhauw – Joachim Meyer

The Clashing Cut is done thus: if someone cuts at you from above, then strike with the back of your hand against his stroke to the upper left opening; let your blade slip off on his blade with the outside flat so that in the impetus, the short edge hits his head, palm away from him.

Since my last attempt of interpreting I haven’t made any progress with this action. But after seeing this description, I think I understand what’s supposed to happen.

Glancing Cut – Jakob Sutor

The image on the left shows a man in the position called the Glancing Strike: stand in the High or Wrathful Guard with the left foot forward and when your opponent strikes at you, you strike also, but in the motion of the strike, meet his blow with the false edge and hit with free hands on the…

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Teaching free play and training more effectively


Interesting article, and another perspective.

Currently, I don’t fence my students much. When teaching 2,3 or 4 at a time I like to make sure that the students get as much chance to fence, during the time allocated to free play, as possible. This often means that I stand aside to observe, especially with even student numbers.

I am an aggressive fencer and some of the more timid opponents seem to be discouraged by this and don’t enter measure or attack when in measure. I try to give them the space to fence others of their level in the hope that they will learn how to be more aggressive. On the other hand, I use a 42″ blade and have long arms for my height (6′) forcing me to attack and then counter attacking can be a winning strategy.
Perhaps not sparring with me, does my students a…

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