Now let’s take a look at some of the variations on the Krumphaw. Mair describes it as directed to the opponent’s hands rather than his blade in one of the Longsword plates, and as a direct strike to the opponent’s head in one of his Dussack plates. He describes it as “shooting in” rather than “dropping” in one of his Longsword plates, and as being “set” and pressing down in another Longsword plate, implying that in these cases it is not a strike at all! Mair also uses it as a “beat attack” against the opponent’s ready position in one of his plates.
The other Longsword plate that has the Krumphaw as its central theme seems to have been included in order to illustrate one of the variations that Mair features. It is Longsword plate #56.
Here is my translation:A Krumb Aufsitzen (Set Upon) from Both Sides
When you both come together at the closing and have each struck your swords in the weak, take note of his weak and set the Krumb upon his hand with your short edge with crossed hands such that your left foot stands forward.
If he is setting the Krumb upon you like this and you stand with your left foot forward, follow outward with the right and strike Krumb against Krumb. Then with that cut high to the right side of his head. If he displaces this cut drive out with the short edge over your head and let the weak run on his left side. Then strike high to his head.
If he strikes high towards you like this, then displace this with the long edge and immediately strike with crossed arms to his right ear. If he displaces this, hang and wind and immediately thrust with your point to his face or chest. Then strike yourself back away from him.
This is the only plate that describes the Krump being delivered to the opponent’s hands rather than his sword. The illustration accompanying the plate suggests that the fighters have started with a bind from the left on the weaks of their swords with the left foot forward. So in this case the Krump is unusual in that it goes to your right but with crossed hands. The second paragraph says only to counter his Krump with your own Krump. This would be a Krump to your right with uncrossed hands while stepping out to the right and effectively “jamming” the opponent. This plate would also involve the lifting displacement as we saw in plate #2 so that the blades clear your head without hitting you prior to doing your own Krump as a counter.
So described in what I hope are clearer terms:Paragraph 1:
A & B: Both stand with the left foot forward in the bind after each has thrown a backhand Oberhaw.
A: Shoots his point forward and to his right with the short edge down while crossing his arms ending with his Schilt against B’s right hand. (The ending position is shown in the illustration)
B: Steps forward and out at approximately 45 degrees with his right foot as he lifts his sword up with the long edge directed to his right and the point aimed up to his left, and then uncrosses his arms to drop down with a short edge Krump towards his right side. Then he does a Zwirchhaw to the right side to A’s head.
A: Lifts into a “Hangen Ort” position to parry
B: Circle your point around to your left and then forward with a Schaitler to the top of his head.
I’ll let you figure out paragraph 3 on your own. This crossed arm Krump directed to your right side as in Paragraph 1 above is also described by Joachim Meyer in his paragraph 1.48v1.
Speaking of Joachim Meyer, let’s take a brief look at how he describes the Krumphaw for comparison. Meyer defines the “crooked” connotation of the Krumphaw with the Longsword as meaning “with crossed arms.” He never names a strike going toward your right side with uncrossed arms as a “Krumphaw”, and he comments that the Schielhaw delivered on your right side qualifies in general terms as a “Krumphaw” since it is delivered with crossed arms. He notes that it can be delivered with either the long edge or short edge, though all of his descriptions of the technique are with the long edge. The one illustration of the Krumphaw that Meyer provides is what I have called the “deep Krump” ending Schilt to Schilt, as we have seen with Paulus Hector Mair. It looks more like it was delivered with the short edge rather than the long edge. Other than not describing it thrown to your right with uncrossed hands, Meyer seems to use the Krumphaw with the Longsword exactly like I have described from Mair. But there is a significant departure when it comes to the Dussack. Meyer defines the Krump with the Dussack as being any strike with the short edge, and does not seem to use it as a parry nearly as often as Mair.
I hope all of this made some sense! I will try to include some video later, when I can get with my training partner again to shoot it. Illustrations of the plates noted along with my translations can be found over at the Meyer FreiFechter Guild website at http://www.freifechter.com
Keith P. Myers
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