You send yourself into the Thwarter thus: assume the primary stance of Wrathful
Guard to the right (as shown in the previous chapter), that is you put your left
foot forward and hold your sword over your right shoulder, as if you would
strike a wrathful strike, and when your opponent strikes you from the roof or
above, strike closely with your short edge, breaking against his strike from below, holding your hilt high above to
displace near your head, and strike to close by stepping full onto his Left
side, thus displacing and closing against the other as shown by the left
background figures of illustration H. This can be executed to the left thus
striking his right side with a changed point, in that you will strike against
his right by engaging with the long edge.
- This is on the cross strike [Twerehaw] The cross strike [Twere] takes away
what comes from the roof, do the cross strike [Twere] with the strong and note
your work. Cross strike [Twere] to the plough [Pfluge] and follow hard to the ox
[Ochsen] he who do the cross strike [Tweret] well with a leap will hit the head.
He who lead the feint/error [Veller] , hits from below as he wish, [Vorkerer]
forces, runs through [Durchlawfer] and wrestles [Ringet] take the elbow with
skill, jump him in the scale. Feint twofold and if you hit do the cut as well.
Twofold further on step to the left and do not be slow. Since all fencing
desires quickness from the right, and also courage, caution and understanding
- Glossa. Note and know that from the whole sword no strike is as good, ready
and strong as the cross strike [Twerhaw]. And it goes across to both sides using
both edges the foremost and the rearmost at all openings below and above. And
all that comes from the roof [Dem tage], that is the upper strike [Oberhaw] or
what comes from above and goes down, that the cross strike [Twerhaw] will break
and defends against for you if you do the cross strike [Twerhaw] well, or if you
cast the sword aslant in front of the head on whichever side you wish, just as
you do when you want to get into the hangings [Hengen] or the turning [Winden].
In the cross strike [Twerhaw] you turn the flat sides of the sword, one up and
one down with the point horizontal, one [edge] to the right and one to the left
side. And it is good to bind the opponent’s sword with this cross strike [Twerhaw].
When this has happened then the other can come away with difficulty and he will
then be struck on both sides with the cross strike [Twerhaw]. So when you make a
cross strike [Twerhaw], regardless of the side or if it is high or low, you will
go up with the sword with your hand turned and the cross guard in front of your
head so that you are well guarded and covered. You shall do the cross strike [Twerhaw]
with a certain amount of power. And when you must fight for your neck [i.e. for
your life] , then you shall use the earlier described teachings and seek and win
the first strike [Vorschlag] with a good cross strike [Twerehaw]. When you go
against another, then as soon as you think that you can reach him, with a step
or leap, explode with a cross strike [Twerehaw] from high on the right side
using the back edge straight at the head. And you shall let the point shoot out
and move across well so that you drive the point well and turn [Winde] or
tightens it around the opponent’s head like a belt. So that when you do a cross
strike [Twerehaw] with a good step or leap out to the side, it is impossible for
the opponent to protect himself or turn away.