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Meyer
Squinting (Glancing) Strike
The Glancing Strike is also a High strike, but has been so named in that one closes with a small glancing blow, which is done thus: put yourself in the Guard of the Roof or Wrath (as shown in the third chapter) with your left foot forward, from which you will be striking, and while striking be sure to wind your short edge against his strike, and hit with inverting hands at the same time as closing with him, step fully with your Right Foot toward his left side, and so quickly take his head, thus have you done it rightly, and will stand as shown by the figures fighting on the left side of illustration G.
Doebringer
This is regarding the Squinting strike [Shilhawe]. The squinting strike [Schiler] breaks what the “buffalo” or a fool strikes or thrusts, he who tries to change [Wechsel]; the squinting strike [Schiler] robs him of it. Do a squinting strike [Schil] if he comes to short the changing through [Durchwechsel] defeats him. Do a squinting strike [Schil] to the point and take the neck without fear. Do a squinting strike [Schil] to the upper head if you wish to endanger the hands. Strike a squinting strike [Schil] to the right (probably the opponent’s right side, but it could be your own as well), this is how you wish to fence. The squinting strike [Schil] I do praise, if it does not come too slowly.
Glossa. Here note and understand that the squinting strike [Schiler] is an upper strike [Oberhaw] from the right side using the back edge on the sword, which is called the left side, and it goes in a squinting way and is sent to one side with a step to the right with the sword and hand turned. And this strike breaks what the buffalo [a peasant that is] can strike from above to below, as they are wont to do. Just as the cross strike [Twerhaw] breaks the same, as is described before. And he who tries with a changing through [Durchwechsel] will be shamed by the squinting strike [Schiler]. And you shall squint well and long enough and shoot the point well, or else the changing through [Durchwechsel] will stop you. And one shall squint well with the point to the neck, courageously and without fear. And When you see that you both pull the swords from the sheats [Czucken], then you shall be forceful and note well the steps. Before [Vor] and after [Nach] these two things try and learn with leaping of, follow all hits if you want to humble the strong. If he defends then follow and withdraw [Czucken] thrust, if he defends then pull to him. The turning [Winden] and hanging [Hengen] learn to artfully do and try the [opponent’s] intentions whether they are soft [Weich] or hard [Herte]. And if he fights with strength, then you are artfully prepared, if he grabs widely and far around, then the shooting defeats him. With his strike, he will hardly defend himself, hit without fear, strike and quickly rush in, regardless if you hit or miss. Do not strike to the sword, but always to the openings. Whether you hit or miss, always seek the openings with both your hands learn to bring the point to the eyes. Fence with good mind and always win the first strike [Vorschlag] if you hit or miss, at once seek the after strike [Nachschlag] to both sides, to the right hand side step in to the opponent. Thus you can win fencing or wrestling.

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