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Meyer Longsword - Guards and cuts

Submitted by Katherina Weyssin on May 19, 2010 - 12:12pm
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(Katherine's Notes)
 
Hands: Usually have both hands on the hilt, right hand closest to quillons
(for RH combatant).

Guards/positions:
vom Tag (left, right or central) - sword high,  approximately vertical, pointing up
Ochs (left or right) - sword high, approximately  horizontal, pointing
forwards; hands near head (like you have horns); note on right, wrists
will be crossed.
Kron (central) - sword in front of head, pointing straight up,  quillons guarding head (like a crown)
Pflug (left or right) - hands  low (hip level?), sword pointing forwards and upwards
Iron Gate (Eisenport) - like Pflug, but central? (either foot can be  forwards)
Alba (left or right) - sword low, pointing forwards and to the side
Schrankhut  Wechsel [Patrick] (left or right) - sword low, pointing to the side
Nebenhut (left or  right) - sword low, pointing backwards
Langort (Longpoint) - arms  straight out, sword horizontal, pointing
forwards ("lunge"); either  foot can be forward, but right is preferred
(slightly better range)
 
Cuts:
Oberhau - downwards cut
Unterhau - upwards cut
Mittelhau  - horizontal cut

Last night we practiced:
- oberhau from vom Tag
- unterhau from vom Tag
- unterhau from various low guards (alba, nebenhut, etc)
- mittelhau from pflug (which we used for all the drills where we tested range, used a compass-step to block, etc)

Final drill (once we'd added all the bits):

1. A approaches B, both in Pflug

 

2. when A is within range, B throws a Mittelhau at A's shoulder, stepping forward

 

3. A swivels with a compass step, and blocks B's blow (moving back foot only)

 

4. As they are hard in the bind (both are pushing), A rolls into Ochs, and thrusts downwards at B's chest.

 

We did this on both sides.

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