Winnipeg Knightly Arts

Historical European Martial Arts School

Winnipeg HEMA swordsmanship school focused on the Lichtenauer school of combat.

We study Historical European Martial Arts and currently focus on German Longsword. In the future we plan to expand into Langes Messer, Dagger, Wrestling, and Pollaxe.

Winding Against And Cutting With The Short Edge

For a while now we’ve been experimenting with how to fight from the bind, especially against someone who wants to cut around freely (Abnehmen).

If you fail to connect with your Vorschlag, you should attempt to bind immediately and gain control of the opponent’s blade by getting your strong onto their blade. You don’t need to be right on their weak since this makes it easy for them to escape and cut or thrust to the other side, just as long as you have them on your strong, and you aren’t on their strong. From here there is a little bit of a problem though, since you will likely have your point going off to the side and they can again escape to thrust or cut you to the other side.
Once you get your strong into position, go into a thumb grip and cut downwards with the short edge at their head, if this fails Indes try to get your point under their right arm as this will make cutting around much harder for them.
If they do cut around, try to maintain contact on the same side of their blade. Ie if you cut from your right, and you bind with your blade on the right side, try to keep your blade on the right side, as they are intending to change sides. Do this by winding into an upper left Hengen, assuming you cut from your right side.

If they do cut around, this is what I call an “Oh shit” moment, and you must now wind against them on the side they have bound with you on, so if they have cut around to your right side, now you wind against them on your right side and cut against them in the thumb grip, this time with the long edge.

Of course you should always bind against your opponent’s cuts (any cuts that leave the bind, including Vorschlag) with your long edge, in a way that puts your blade perpendicular to their cut. If the cut down from your left you can cut down so your strong ends in front of you left hip (left lower Hengen) or up into a right upper Hengen. If they cut up from your left, you can cut down to your right side into lower right Hengen, or up into upper left Hengen. Basically just make sure your blades make an X.

In summary:
Oppose the cuts with your long edge, then with a thrust or cutting motion push your strong onto their blade, transition into a thumb grip (Winden) and if you fail to hit them with a cut or thrust, try to thrust them below their arms (Mutieren).

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