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(February 22nd, 2012 by Ludwig von Rege...)

More Ringeck.

New postures: Alber (fool) -- point down in front.  Pflug (plow) -- hands at the hips, point at opponent's face.  Langort (longpoint) -- arms extended, point at the opponent.


Scheitelhau (vertex or scalp cut): A vertical descending cut with the long edge.  Tactical considerations: 1. The target can be easily and rapidly changed from left shoulder to head to right shoulder; 2. This is cut with the longest reach, so it is possible to "over run" the oppenent (ablauffen), hitting without closing the line.

(February 15th, 2012 by Ludwig von Rege...)

First regular practice of the year!

It was great to see some new people, and some just new to Wednesday fencing.

Anyway, the first project for the year is German Longsword.  Sources: Ringeck, Mayer.

Parts of the sword: long edge (Langeschneide), short edge (Kurtzeschneide), point (Ort), weak (Schweke), strong (Stark).

Cuts: Oberhau, Mittelhau, Unterhau.

Stances: Vom Tag, Ochs, Zornhut.  Weight is generally forward, making it easy to move the back leg.  The odd one out is Zornhut, which is depicted in Meyer with the weight well back.

(January 12th, 2012 by Katherina Weyssin)

Some of Ildhafn's fencers are participating Auckland Museum's "Summer Nights" program over the next few weeks. These are our planning notes.

(November 16th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Meyer rapier and dagger: a first look.

Preliminaries: Meyer says that you can either defend with the sword and hit with the dagger, defend with the dagger and hit with the sword, or use the sword and dagger together (and the end he urges Germans to use the last tactic, as they get confused otherwise).  Meyer then offers some examples of increasing complexity.  In this section Meyer varies the footwork, sometimes standing left foot forward.

(November 9th, 2011 by Katherina Weyssin)

Katherina, William de C, Emrys, Iuliana

We revised the Rundstreich and Doppel Rundstreich, which Ludwig, Eleanor and Katherina examined a few weeks ago.

(November 2nd, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Mostly sparring, but we attempted the two grappling manoeuvres from Meyer's Dusack treatise.

Running in:  Both of these are responses to a Scheitelhau.  The defender blocks the cut above his head, stepping in on his right (unless the attacker rushes in).

(October 27th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

One puzzle of Meyer's rapier treatise is that he frequently refers to a position called "Straight Parrying [gerade Versatzung]", especially in part two of the treatise, despite the fact that it is not listed as a guard in Chapter 3.  It is defined in the Dusack treatise as follows:

Stand with your right foot forward and hold your dusack in front of you with your arm extended, so that your long edge stands toward the opponent and the tip of your weapon is forward...

(October 26th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Class:  A set of exercises demonstrating aspects of Meyer's footwork.

Warm-up: For a change, Nicola lead up through a few minutes of Scottish dancing around the room.

Cutting exercises: Meyer's example of six cuts for Dusack (described previously) going forwards and backwards (cut on the back foot when going backwards).  An example of stopping a cut and switching to the other side (adapted from Dusack):

(October 12th, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

A brief review of basics of Meyer's rappier: stance, footwork, some basic attacks and defences.

Reviewed Meyer's six cuts example (from dusack): Zornhau right, Mittelhau left, Unterhau right, Unterhau left, Mittelhau right, Scheitelhau.

(September 21st, 2011 by Ludwig von Rege...)

Class: Plays with single sword (spada da filo)

The plays start in Porta di Ferro Stretta stepping towards the opponent (gathering steps) to provoke a response. 


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