Keith P. Myers wrote:But more because I see Meyer as focusing on cutting away attacks when using the dussack rather than an absetzen. His next most favorite defense is a more ceding action where contact is momentary before switching lines. The kind of rigid parry, where the PH do poorly, is a much less common technique in Meyer.
Keith P. Myers wrote:----It is very common in Paulus Hector Mair. And I'm not so sure I agree with your assessment of Meyer. But I'd have to go back and review some of his devices.
I see his parries as intercepting then changing lines or cutting away. I can do both with the PHA, but cutting away does work better. If you don't 'intercept' near the hand, it will blow through. On the older ones, it can still hit since the grip can twist taking your edge, and thus strength, offline.
Finally, briefly note this precept how the cuts counter one another, as follows. First, the High Cut counters
all other cuts that are delivered at you, whether from below, diagonally, or across, provided you send it
against your opponent’s dusack upon the forte against his right hand. Conversely, the Wrath Cut or the
horizontal Middle Cut counters or takes the High Cut. Also note that two simultaneous cuts that are
delivered against one another with their steps always put off and parry one another. But he has the best with
his cut who comes with his weapon above the other’s in the cutting. Therefore whenever someone cuts at
you across from below, whether from the right or left, counter him with a High Cut. But if he cuts at
you from above, then take his High Cut away with a Horizontal Cut or diagonal Wrath Cut. This precept
should be well heeded in all combat, and particularly take heed here of the forte and foible in the Before
I have now explained at length the postures and cuts, as well as the openings at which the cuts are directed.
But it is not enough to have learnt how to deliver the cuts against your opponent well and long from you: it
is also necessary to be equally able to send away and parry these cuts when they are delivered at you by your opponent.
Therefore although I have written in the treatise on the sword concerning parrying in general,
yet I must discuss parrying somewhat more particularly here in the the dusack as with the other
chief elements of combat. It is therefore to be noted that there are two chief types of parrying, namely one
from above, the other from below. From the first, which comes from the High Cut, the posture arises
named the Slice or Straight Parrying.
The second parrying comes from the Low Cut, from which the Bow derives its origin.
These two parryings are each executed in two ways, firstly by catching or intercepting the stroke, secondly
by cutting away. Now catching is simply when you intercept and hold off your opponent’s strokes with
parrying, whether it be with the Bow from the Low Cut, or with Straight Parrying from the High Cut.
However, you shall not understand this parrying as some do it, namely that they merely hold out their
weapons and let them be struck upon; but if you want to catch and parry an opponent’s stroke, then you
shall send your parrying up from below with extended arm against his High Cut in the air; for the higher
you catch his cut in the air, the more you weaken it, and you can not only lay your countercut on your
opponent that much more usefully, but also execute it that much more safely.