First off, I must say that the very existence of that clip makes me thoroughly happy. That such exchanges happen is one of the greatest strengths of the current HEMA scene. Brilliant, inspiring, and other sappy adjectives.
Considering the amount of discussion this stylistic match-up spawned ~4 months ago (in case you missed the drama, see for example here
), I would expect people to be able to glean quite a lot of information from that clip. Of course judging actions from a YouTube clip is very difficult and we cannot hope to perfectly figure out what happened in each exchange, but I would nevertheless love to read other people's views of the action. Largely because I seem to be seeing something different from Jesse Eaton, and I realize a big part of that must be that I'm seeing what I like to see. (And also my inexperience in both fencing and, even more so, judging fencing.)
In particular, I remember the issue of hand hits being brought up before when discussing "AEEA-style" longsword: whether the apparently common method of achieving a bind by advancing into range in an extended guard and seeking contact with your opponent's sword would leave one open to hits to the hands and forearms. Certainly Szymon Chlebowski attempted a large number of what I believe is called "hand-sniping" -- from out of range, a sudden approach, a single cut to the hands, retreat. How successful was this tactic? Some of these cuts clearly hit (e.g. at 3:46), others clearly don't. The maneuver does not ever seem to end up with Szymon being hit, which might suggests it's a fairly usable counter to the method, or it might suggest that Szymon is extremely good; or indeed both.
It appears that Carlos Negredo, when faced with an aggressive cutting entry from Szymon, usually extends into a thrust. In several exchanges this allows his point to land first, but it often also allows Szymon's attack to finish largely unhindered, leading to quite of a few of what I would judge as doubles (e.g. at 2:07 - 2:09, 4:42 - 4:44).
Carlos' bind game seems about as good as one might expect. Which is to say really good.
It's a shame I have to fence 7 hours a week, leaving me with a paltry 105h/week to watch people who are actually good at fencing.