- There are 3 types of parrying.
- The first is a static block in which you only block a
strike from your opponent, leaving yourself no cut, only escape is to retreat.
This is the one the Masters said not to do.
- The second is to displace your opponents cut with a cut
(Long edge Over, Wrath, and Bent), then perform a cut, slice, or stab.
- The third is the Best, and is praised by the Masters. When
you opponent Strikes, you also strike with a displacing strike that also cuts,
Such as the squinter, thwart, or glancing strikes.
only, not parry. Use the Master Strikes to both displace and strike your
Stab when he
stabs. Step when he steps. Strike when he strikes. Do not parry.
displacing guard yourself. Place yourself for advantage.
Displacements for use against the four guards
edge) against fool, and everything that comes from
and from both sides.
edge) Against Roof and high strikes
Squinter(Glancing): (short edge) against plow, good to use against strikes
and stabs from
Ox, from above and from Barrier.
Andreas also says that specific Guards break
Strikes. These mirror the Strikes breaking Guards
Fool breaks Over
Roof breaks Thwart
Plow breaks Glancing
Ox breaks Bent
The Over strike
impairs all other strikes as in the wrath, middle, high traverse, or under
strikes. Close to his strikes and engage strongly on his sword (with your strong
to his weak) and strike with the end of the blade, before he can displace. As
the Oberhau blocks all secondary strikes down from above, so will it drive off
all from the Wrath or Upper Traverse strike, and thus it also takes the Under
with strong placing, and be there with help from stepping out with the Oberhau
above one's self.
Of the first
shall you now know, that the Oberhau impairs all other strikes as in the Wrath,
Middle or High Traverse, and Under Strike, from above it blocks down below you,
from this know when to spring against his strikes, and close to his strikes
which he releases with strength so that you then rightly engage, his weapon thus
weakened that you then can strike another full to his body before he can rightly
take it. As the Oberhau
secondary strikes down from above, so will it drive off all from the Wrath or
Upper Traverse strike, and thus it also takes the Under with strong placing, and
be there with help from stepping out with the Oberhau above one's self.
When however two
similar strikes come together thus with your orderly stepping, in that you step
a little before or after the other, so that it's placed in an eye blink, then
you bring up your displacement. This displacement is brought on with the
principal and direct strikes, the other displacement however is when you closely
displace and step, then hit with the countering strikes, as in the Glance,
Slide, Crown and Traverse strikes, and with them then complete, thus have you
heard above about clearing every strike.
countering strikes are taken onward from there as foundations, so that with
close displacement comes hitting. However, because I should not backtrack, but
direct you to more understanding and knowledge, I will give an example of
displacing with the Zwerchhau.
into the Wrathful Guard, if you are struck from above, then step with the right
foot forward against your opponent's side, and strike with a traverse to that
side, short cut a high traverse to close in with it, thus you take his strike
onto the strong of your blade, catching it near your quillons and, with the
farther end of your sword, hit his left ear, then you have closely displaced and
hit with a second.
strikes, which still can be hit with further displacement, as in with the Short
Strike and missing etc. will not really be used in fencing, especially since
only accident or chance will let it happen. Trying to fence with them and force
them to happen is too dangerous.