Longsword Notes for May 7

First we went over all 12 patterns in chapter 10. Here is what will probably be the final version of our Chapter 10 poster.

Next we worked on an indes drill. This is where the agent starts an action, then waits to see how the patient responds before choosing which of the various patterns they will use to complete the engagement.

You can almost say it is heavily constrained sparring.

After that we looked at Tag 3 thru 5.

Tag 3 starts with a parry to your dominate side, then you immediately cut down with the short edge, keeping their sword outside of yours.

If they parry it, run off and do a vertical cut to the head from the other side of their sword, escaping with a Zwerch.

Tag 4 begins with a feinted thrust. Your edge is in the 2nd position, which is to say the arms are crossed and the edge is to your dominate side. Whether or not this is batted away, turn the sword around for a short-edge Zwerch.

This is followed by a rising cut (#4 line), a feinted vertical cut with the short edge, and a real vertical cut with crossed arms. This kind of looping around pattern should be familiar by now.

You end this with a rising cut along the #3 line, which leads us into the next play.

Tag 5 is a response to Tag 4. You begin by parrying the attack to your non-dominate side with a cross-armed Schielhauw (Squinting strike).

You then parry their next attack with the outside flat, going from your non-dominate side. Follow that immediate with a long-edge Zwerch, also from your non-dominate side.

This device concludes with a #1 cut.

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