I will agree that there is a point of the fight that is not readily apparent in any of their recent videos, and that is the long range fight. The big cuts and large movements that you commonly see in many other groups (including mine) way of fencing, and speaking for myself, and most of us I think, we often feel like this is the thing to practice. its athletic and brutal and feels more like what we "think" a longsword fight should be.
however when you take a closer look, these guys know about that part of the fight as evidenced in their older videos here.http://www.youtube.com/user/DarkFury#p/u/23/lYwdE3f5fFQhttp://www.youtube.com/user/DarkFury#p/u/22/52fQxGG-z3Ehttp://www.youtube.com/user/DarkFury#p/u/21/5YQP6lthpLA
this one has some of their winding stuff at first but if you fast forward to around 1:00 you will see more of what I'm talking abouthttp://www.youtube.com/user/DarkFury#p/u/19/1hBPv8GdS_Y
watching any of these videos will quickly reveal that at least 4 years ago they trained the exact same things that many of us do, in nearly the exact same way. Big zorns, unterhaus and wide measure, footwork as described and plenty of wrestling. But somewhere along the way (of course only by video evidence) they decided to focus on the Krieg part of the fight.
and here is what I think is why
from lindholm's translation of 3227.a
Glossa. Note here that the turning in is the rightful art and foundation of all fencing with the sword. From these stem all other fencings and techniques and it is impossible to be a good swordsman (without knowing) the turning in.
and from Meyers 1570 by Rassmusen
The second or Handwork in the Middle Stage involves the greatest art, where all your withdrawals in the fight can be advances.
Clearly many, if not all of the masters felt like the Krieg is the most important part of the fight, in fact the section of the ringeck gloss that says no one should learn to fence if they frighten easily is speaking specifically about the krieg.
I'm not trying to convince anyone that the wide measure fight isn't important. only that if you watch closely at what these guys are doing you will see all of the proper techniques done at close range.
Their argument for why goes along the lines of the verse about Sprechfenster where Lichtenauer tells us that if you control the center line with your point with outstretched arms it will be very difficult for your opponent to come at you any other way then to bind and wind.
just to sort of prove the point here is video of some very experienced fighters that we all know well here, in a recent fight, where clearly the focus is at Krieg and it looks very similar to my eyes to what the spanish are doing.
(I hope Jake and Roland dont mind)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scbu5HDWz8k
I guess what I am really doing is coming to the defense of what they are focusing on since nearly everyone wants to say it doesn't look like a real sword fight, but the more I study the sources the more I'm convinced that a sword fight between two very experienced swordsmen would look more like this then we want to believe, and therefore shouldn't be dismissed I can easily imagine Meyers fencing school having fights that look very close to this. quick controlled movement and a calm, confident demeanor, certainly not a lot of wasted energy.
I think there clearly is a lot to learn and absorb here