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Some attacks are delivered stepping away from the opponent to open the distance [Meyer 49v, 50r]. The combatant should not step with a feint [Meyer 59r].

A good deal of the stepping would have been lateral. According to Döbringer, one should step somewhat to the side when attacking [19v, 23v], and throughout the tradition, a parry is accompanied by a lateral step away from the opponent’s incoming cut (see “Stepping Out” under Handwork).

 

It should be noted that it is preferred to attempt to quarter around your opponent to try to strike them in an opening. Use primarily triangle type step.

That is that every strike must have its own step which shall occur at the same time as the strike, if you would do otherwise with the elements which you resort to, then step too early or too late, thus it happens around your play, and you thus bring yourself around your strike, thus learn to make the steps right so that your opponent cannot work as he really wants, bringing on a stop, particularly so that you upset his grounding or place as it were. In attacking now let yourself mark this, and position yourself as if you would make large and far steps, but actually stay closer with your feet correct, and attack him. So much is then built on from here. Since all of this must be learned and used in fencing, this must be known.

 

The steps are done in three different ways, firstly backward and forward, what these are can't be clarified much as one namely steps to or from someone. The other ones are the steps to the sides which are delineated through a triangle, namely thus: Stand in a straight line with your right foot before your opponent, and with the left behind the right step toward his left, this is the first. The second which is done double you do thus: Step as before with the right foot against his left, then follow with the left behind the right somewhat to the side to his left, and then again with the right farther to his left. The third type is the broken or stolen steps, these are accomplished thus, stand yourself as if you would step forward with your right foot, but as and when you go low, then step back with it behind the other foot. Since these are the same as described in Rapier, I will thus leave it for now.

 

Passing Steps:

The other ones are the steps to the sides which are delineated through a triangle, namely thus: Stand in a straight line with your right foot before your opponent, and with the left behind the right step toward his left, this is the first. The second which is done double you do thus: Step as before with the right foot against his left, then follow with the left behind the right somewhat to the side to his left, and then again with the right farther to his left.

 

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