I think I need to see the roundstroke in action.It says to pull to ox, and it's making the move stutter a bit. So bonus if someone can show us 'right'. The double roundstroke in particular is interesting due to the many actions involved.
---In the video clips you seem to be interpreting the motion into Ochs as a parry....which it certainly can be! But for the basic strike, Ochs is just the starting and ending position. Try throwing it without worrying about doing a parry first and see if that helps. For instance: start in left Ochs, throw a horizontal backhand strike that carries through and comes back as a horizontal forehand strike and ends back in left Ochs. This forms a flattened circle in the air in front of you...."round." The "doubled" version would start in left Ochs, throw a horizontal backhand that carries through and comes back as a horizontal forehand that carries through and goes back as another horizontal backhand and ends in right Ochs.
Are you saying the sword goes from the opponent's blade, directly into the front of the opponent's neck, false-edge?
---No, from the opponent's blade directly into the front of the opponent's neck with the true-edge
. The Krumphaw is done with the false edge towards you and the true edge towards the opponent. So it sets you up for a direct cut. If you are moving to your right and parrying towards your left, the parry is with the inside flat to short edge, followed by a backhand horizontal cut. If you are moving to your left and parrying towards your right, the parry is with the outside flat to the short edge, followed by a forehand horizontal cut. You can parry and then step with the cut. You can step with the parry and then cut. Or you can step with both! It depends on timing and distance.
I'm not a sport fencer so I'm only passable on their terminology. Are we doing the advance and retreat correctly?
---Relatively correct as far as sport fencing goes.
Here's another thing about the "Chasing Step." When you step up to the front foot with the rear foot, and then step out with the front foot, not only is there much better range in the step, but this also provides a much better power base for a cut. Stepping out with the front foot and then sliding up the rear foot to compensate does not...at least not nearly as well. That mechanic may work great for powering a fast thrust, but Sidesword is very different than sport fencing.
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