Love the "Meyer-esque" photo!
And the vids show some strong work!
Cutting Drill One (Short explanation. Feint a cut to the head on one side of the sword, but actually cut on the other using a triangle step to void and get a better angle.)
---Tell John...no passing steps!
And the cut would likely be a "weihrstreich" or "defensive strike" that carries all the way through so that he would not have the opportunity to cut back towards you again.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJOPAe6tm4w
Cutting Drill Two (Short explanation. When the opponent cuts, slip the leg and raise the sword high, voiding both blade, and any target. As the opponent's sword misses, return the right foot and lean in to land a scalp cut to the opponent's head.)
---I can't prove this, but I see the Schaitelhaw or "scalp cut" as more of a thrusting "push cut." Meyer mentions the Alber position, but says that it is seldom used. This is likely because his vertical downward cut would not be expected to carry through to the Alber position, as the diagonal downward cuts carry through to the lower guards on the side. I think his vertical cut drives forward. The Schaitelhaw with the Longsword when done as a Meisterhaw is considered an "Uberlauffen" or "running over" that is delivered at the same time as his attack. That's what makes me think it is a forward thrusting "push cut." Oh, one more thing....lower stances!
---The sparring vids look good! Just tell John to keep the sword off his shoulder. There is no "lazy man's vom Tag" in Meyer's method...longsword, dussack, or sidesword! And again...lower stances!
Keith P. Myers
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