Jesse Eaton wrote:Mike,
I think Chris is focusing on Leichtenauer traditional techniques, I didn't see any later period techniques being used in his videos, which is why I didn't mention Myer and I doubt PHM is appropriate for what he's doing. But if he's looking alternative interpretations of the foot work, I think your right, Myer would be a good place to look. Although, I feel the need to warn anyone who attempts to incorporate Myer foot work into interpretations of Leichtenauer that it can go awry and lead to ill conceived technique that, if trained long enough will take even more time to train out of. I had this experience from training with ARMA years ago. Myer footwork used with Leichtenauer techniques practiced without restraint and consideration of the differences lead to a lot of wasted time. After leaving ARMA I had to totally retrain my footwork. Some of Myer's footwork is really useful and I still use it on occasion, but it can't be used exclusively the way ARMA was, or maybe still is. I have seen some of their new videos and it looks to me like they are still using it though they might be leaning more to PHM rather than Myer, but it isn't consistent with early Leichtenauer systems.
I'm interested in what people think "Meyer's footwork" is, what "Mair footwork" is and what "normal Liechtenauer footwork" would be. I have to put up my hand and admit that I haven't had access to any translation of Meyer other than Mike Rasmusson's on schielhau.org, I haven't had access to Jeffrey Forgeng's translation at all, so I have no clue what Meyer has to say on the subject. Also, I haven't read through Mair's stuff in detail yet, simply haven't had time since the Wiktenauer article went up and translations started appearing. I'm interested in seeing how people view those styles of footwork and how people think they are different from "normal" footwork that should be used when studying, for example, Ringeck's gloss.
So what do people think? Sorry to pick on you Jesse, but what you wrote made me very curious! It would be good to see what you think the difference would be between these different styles.