Michael Chidester wrote:Anders made the excellent point in his Zwerch class in Houston that if you're just throwing the cut out from the shoulder you're doing it wrong.* The proper technique is to move the sword in front of you to cover if necessary and then snap into the cut. The initial extension keeps you from getting hit by his cut, even if it's also a Zwerch.
* I'd say it's wrong as a half cut, but proper technique for a full cut.
I did that for a number of years, but have since changed my mind. I'd say that its important that you're *able* to do this. Cory Winslow pointed out to me a couple of years ago that Lew says that you can turn your flat on your shoulder ahead of time so that you can quickly snap the sword out ot the side for the zwerch, which shows that it can't be wrong to do the zwerch that way. Also, try test cutting with an arming sword with a zwerch. If you don't have enough arc, it doesn't really do much.