Your princely grace’s submissive and obedient Joachim Meyer, Freifechter and citizen of Strassburg 15 Compare the version in the Ringeck Fechtbuch, fols. First published in , Joachim Meyer’s The Art of Combat is among the in English of the German Fechtbuch corpus, and the Glossary likewise is the first of . The Art of Combat by Joachim Meyer, , available at in English of the German Fechtbuch corpus, and the Glossary likewise is.

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If one fights against you in the Guard of the Roof, thus you come in Zufechten meyeer the Side Guard, you must above all not wait in that long, then when he bears witness to the strike and as soon as he brings his sword into the air, thus lay on against him with a Thwart strike, instantly as it clashes, thus cut quickly again around with the long Thwart, jkachim the other side of his sword, that is meger attacking, if he strikes around, thus you cut after, if he displaces, then deceive him with the weak, so that you cut him in the after.

When you threaten to cut to a place, then you can readily deceive him, therefore in such attacks you must take the ground, as it were, and in your approach act as if you would step small and fechtbuvh and before he is aware step broadly forth to the attack, allow yourself at first to be seen taking large steps, in this he takes notice, and will meet you quickly in earnest, to get there before you, thus withhold your step and do it moderately, so that he is otherwise in this you take your advantage, and as soon as you see it, that you are quickly at him again with broad stepping.

In Zufechten, when you come close to him, then position yourself as if you would cut a long High cut at him, when he drives out fechhbuch meet you, thus turn the short edge from your right, in the air, against his left and jerk your pommel upwards, cut him with the short edge over his arm or hand, step well to his left side, allow this to run forth over in a circle and cut long after to the next opening, or fight to him with the under cuts.

And thirdly, should one protect the openings, and learn to recognize them on the arms of the man, therein one should be aware, of he who leads diligently the defense when each are up high, thus he is open below.

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And in all chasing, if he escapes you, be sure to turn your long edge against his weapon; and take good heed of the slice, for with it you can force him out of all his work. Stand with the left foot forwards and strike him from your right through his face, that the half edge goes forth once to four times nimbly one after another, thus you drive on to him, then attack to him from under and whether it is with Zwerch or Long edge, mark when you thus have slashed up to him, thus take heed when he strikes at you from above and from his right side, then wind him by slashing out your long edge against his blade so that it stays somewhat athwart, your point upwards and to his left.

The danger is the strikes from both sides; will you displace by slicing them off, then see that you overlook no opportunity, and also do not slice too wide from fexhtbuch body, so that he does not go through against you. If he drives up and defends against your flick, then drive up also, pull around your head, and strike him to another opening. Changing through is useful against those who fight with the Squinter or Crooked Cuts.

The Sword is firstly divided in two parts, namely from the grip to the middle of the Blade which is known as the Strong, from the middle to the most forward, is the Weak furthermore is the sword divided in four parts how the figure below this shows. The Strong of the Sword is the name for the part running from the Cross or Hilt to the middle of the blade, the Weak is from the middle to and with the point or end itself, from which the Long and Short edges grow.

Davon besihe die fechtbbuch bossen in der Figur mit dem B gegen der Lincken handt. For winding, slicing, mryer out, and reversing is called the War, through which one to the other always counters the opponent’s devices.


This Guard shall now be fully described, stand with your Right foot forward, hold your weapon with the point or Weak stretched out from close at your side aimed at the ground, so that the short edge stands toward your opponent, such as can be seen from the right figure in illustration D above.

Item If he displaces you, thus cut a Crooked cut outside and over his right arm to the right ear If he displaces once again, thus cut crooked under his arm to the face.

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Erstlich das Schwerdt als ein fundament alles fechtens. In this, learn from the joacbim, when you should do it. At all times and in all fencing, when wanting more ability and understanding, and in furthering and learning more of this Knightly art, the proper and basic elements are required in order to advance. The cause of his death is unknown, possibly disease or pneumonia.

Meyer’s system generally flows from, and uses the terminology of, the German school of swordsmanship as set down by Johannes Lichtenauerthough Meyer’s civilian system also appears to draw from contemporary Italian swordplay, including Achille Marozzo.

Thus it is used not only to return strikes, on the other hand it also keeps an eye on preventing his strikes from moving in closely, so that no more fencing can then be built or similarly be attempted without problem.

His second manuscript MS Var. He would repeat this in, and ; [6] the petition is the first extant record in which he identifies himself as a fencing master. Pull again around your head and wrench out his blade with the flat from your right athwart to his left, so that your sword again flies around above your head and allow the short edge to shoot in deep to his left ear, at once cut two undercuts to his right and left, Indes cut away.

Note this also, if he does not extend his hands far from him in his cuts but rather holds them close by himself in fighting, you may readily change through far from him. Thus in zufechten I come into the Steer and cut a Middle cut through his face strongly, at once I cut from my left through the under weakly on his right line, displacing against his hand Meanwhile, I have given here to you a general rule throughout the whole of Dussack fencing, thus will I now as before, set forth an example of the technique which without the togetherness of the Guards and Hews, together with the Pulled cuts, namely deceiving, no defeat comes, for they are based on the hews from the shortest explanation which is necessary and their Counters.

Possibly Meyer himself in the centre of the first plate of the longsword, pointing to the students displaying his teachings. And one counter follows one from another, for if he wards off one, then with this he gives you occasion or helps you to another technique fechybuch conveniently follows after it, thus you both make War. About Joachim Meyer Jeffrey L. Item if one stands before you in the Long Point, thus position yourself with the gesture that you would cut in with a long High cut to his left ear, do not do this, but rather turn in the air and cut a strong Squinter cut to his sword, when it clashes, then slice the point forward into his face so that he must displace.

Or as you have struck to the left into the Middle Guard in pre-fencing, and your counterpart strikes below this to you from above, then step well out from his strike to his right side, and throw your short edge above or outside his right arm to his head, and in this throw in let your blade shoot well in, either to his head or above both his arms, then nimbly twitch your sword upward again and strike him strongly with the long edge from your left above to his right arm, from there fence to him onward as with previous and following elements at your pleasure, and meanwhile since the Roses can also be fenced rightly from the Long Point, just as I set forth the previous element, I will describe it with the Long Point as well thus:.

Forestalling shall be driven thus: For each weapon, Meyer lays out the principles of its use and the vocabulary of techniques, and then describes a range of specific ‘devices’, attack combinations for use in combat. However it shall be a good Fencer who moachim not rush and who waits longer in his Stances, so that as soon as he can reach his opponent to attack, he can Fence onward to take the pre-named paths, as waiting longer allows many displacements from which one eventually can come to strike, as koachim be described below.


So this should joaachim the PHM book out. Is a strike or move made double in this wise: Meyer’s writings incorporate both the traditional Germanic technical syllabus and contemporary systems that he encountered in his travels, including the Italian school of side sword fencing.

The second MS Dechtbuch. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Mejer and Privacy Policy. Now you stand in the Key, and thus you come have onward and drove on along Line A and E from one stance into the other. The Glancing Strike is also a High strike, but has been so named in that one closes with a small glancing blow, which is done thus: In the pre-fencing when you come into the Roof or High Guard, then let your blade sink down in front of you, as before, to your left side, and twitch over your head, step and strike a high traversing Middle Strike with the long edge against his left to his neck or throat, as soon as he withdraws, then twitch again over the head, and strike a second high Middle Strike traversing from your left against his right, again at his throat, as soon as it glides then strike the third, a high strike with the long edge direct from above.

Strike from your right to his upper left opening, however in the strike grip with the fingers out over the cross or hilt while holding the thumb on the haft, then fechbtuch the left hand raise the pommel and slash in with hanging blade mfyer or behind his displacement to the head. His rapier system, designed for the lighter single-hand swords spreading north from Iberian and Italian lands, seems again to be a hybrid creation, integrating both the core teachings fecthbuch the 15th century Liechtenauer tradition as well as components that are characteristic of the various regional Mediterranean fencing systems including, perhaps, teachings derived from the treatise of Achille Marozzo.

Item Uberzwerch or bring from under, thus there meter many kinds of names and alterations to the cuts, hence, so named that quite jachim few are carried out during the cuts, for example, thus I stand before one in the same work, and can’t ojachim at all to the openings, thus I cut strongly from above a Boch strike not that I intend to hit or strike through but rather that I crash on to him and wrench into a cut and with this he will also do this to me, and would thus give room to the openings, from which a high cut comes nicely.

Mark in zufechten you come joachiim the Slice, allow him not too close to you as soon as he would strike to meydr, thus pull under his strike, through to your left side avoid his striking through and fechtbuxh quickly from your left, over his right arm, two high strikes fechtvuch the head with this you go twice to him.

Item In the onset cut in with Long edge strongly through his face, so that joachi, dussack again shoots over your head athwart to the displacement from your right, step instantly and quickly with your left around his right and cut him Crooked over his right arm to the Head if he defends, thus cut him forwards to the face or cut him crooked to the left at the Head.

Also this same you fecjtbuch note, when an opponent lays on against you with a Crooked Cut, that you shall not fly around from one opening to another, for as soon as you jjoachim away from the Crooked Cut, then you are totally open to him, where he will correctly step.

For more about this, read his instructor’s profile. The Highcut breaks all other cuts with suppressing or extra length and always goes through the Watch or from the Luginslandt and is a blissful and still artful cut to use.

Step with your left foot well to his right and strike with the outside flat from your left against his right athwart to his joachij, with this, take your head well out of the way how it is previously stated here and when it clashes, then thrust your pommel through under your right arm and wind with the inside flat, in a flick, up from below again to his right ear. One is from the right Ox striking the high quarter, with the H – D line being addressed, the other is from the Left high part going to the right lower part, along the B – F line.