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Chapter 14

Wrestling a body and taking a sword

Ringeck:

First Sword Wrestling.

When you come in, let you sword out in your left hand and hold it in with your right. Knock his sword away with the hilt out of your right side. Spring your left foot in front of his right, grip him with your left arm about his body take him on the left hip and throw him to the ground. Be careful to make no mistake.

Second Sword Wrestling.

When you come in, let you sword out in your left hand and hold it in with your right. Knock his sword away with the hilt out of your right side. Spring with the left foot behind his right. Grip him with the left arm around the chest, throw him over your leg behind you.

A Third Sword Wrestle

When you come in, let you sword out in your left hand and hold it in with your right. Throw the pommel over his right arm, and tear it downwards. Grab his right elbow, spring your left foot before his right and pull him over your leg so that he goes over your right side.


A fourth Sword Wrestle.

If someone comes in close to you, then use your left hand and drive with it over his right arm. Seize his sword at the handle between his two hands and pull it to your left side. Thus you take the sword from him and it will go badly for him.

Taking a Sword.

If he binds your sword by engaging it or by other means, then seize both swords in the center of the blades with the left wrong hand. Hold them together firmly, and drive through with your right hand to your left side with the pommel down, over both of his hands. And then pull upward to your right side thus you take both swords.

 Wrestling

The First Piece: Neck-lever/hold

Let yourself be seized by him, even if you could prevent it. If he has seized you under the arms around the chest and pressed you against him, then he intends to lift you up. In that case, you must let yourself sink down and seize him under the knee. Resist his pressing and bend him with both hands so that the head goes behind over his back. In this way you, as a weaker one, can throw a strong man to the ground.

The Second Piece: Throw at the Hair

If you want to seize someone and he sets an arm-lever/hold, then let go immediately of his arm and grab him in the hair. Tear him by the hair to your shoulder, and then run his head against the wall. Thus he is defeated.

The Third Piece: Throw

Note: If you and your opponent approach each other and he pulls both arms to you, then step with the left side forward. Let the left arm slide rapidly wrongly around his neck, the right between his legs. In this way throw him over the head: then he is stunned.

Goliath:

Text on Inverting

Inverting forces runs through with grappling too, know to take the elbow and spring on the way.

Analysis

 The Inverting is what fencers call the half strike or the winding hand, which one swings man to man in running through, and trapping to wrestle. Drive this thus, when you have gone to him in pre-fencing, then go with the left foot forward and strike a half strike from the right side and inverted long edge, go and go on with your left foot below until you come to him and as soon as you thus bind with the sword, just then hang the point and stab at his face, if he displaces and drives his arms high, then run through to him. If he keeps his hands low in the displacement then grasp his right elbow with your left hand, hold it well and spring with the left foot in front of his right and push him over your foot. Or if you would not push him by the elbow with your left hand over your foot as was described before, then drive with the left arm behind him over his body and throw him forward over your hip.

Text on charging through with grappling on the sword

Let Charging Through hang with the pommel grip should you wrestle. He who would charge through strongly against you, you mark with it.

The charging through and grappling are twofold with the sword when he charges through to grapple the body, then right after send the arm grapple, and pay attention to drive against the fencer who gladly charges.

Wrestling a body

When he charges with outreaching arms and you to him, then charge through him with your head to his right side and let your sword hang behind over your back, as was described before, stand and stride with your right foot ahead in front of his right and drive through behind him with your right arm under his right arm throw his body behind you over your right hip. These two wrestles drive to both sides

Still wrestling a body

When he charges to your right and has his arms high and you are also thus, then hold your sword in the right hand with the pommel overhead and thrust the hilt to his arm and your sword away from you and spring with the left foot forward in front of both his feet and drive the left arm fully behind and around the body and hold him on the left hip to throw him in front of you.

Still wrestling a body

When he charges to you with his arms high and you do so too, then hold your sword in the right hand and thrust your arm to him and spring with the left foot behind his right and drive him with the left arm through in front of his chest on the left side and trap him on the left hip and throw him behind you. These two wrestles drive to both sides.

Mark

So that driving the two lower cuts against the fencer can be understood, do these well charging in with arms stretched out above in the drive, thus when he binds on your sword and drives out high with the arms and strides to your left side, then twist your sword ahead so that your thumb comes under it and let your long edge fall below the pommel and hit with an upward cut to his arms. If he strides to you with arms stretched above to your right side then twist your sword ahead so that your thumb comes below it and let the short edge fall below his pommel and hit with an upward cut to the arms. These are the four cuts.

Following is arm wrenching in the sword

Mark when he charges in to you with the sword and holds his hands low, then invert your left hand and grasp to his right with it inward between both his hands and shove in with it to his left side and with the right hand hit him over the head with the sword.

Another

If you would not hit him then spring with your right foot behind his left and drive ahead to him with the right arm or backward over the throat and throw him thus over your right knee.

An arm grapple

When he charges in to you with the sword and is low with his hands, then release your left from your sword and with the right drive with the pommel out over his right hand and punch down with it and grasp him by his right elbow with your left hand and spring with the advanced foot in front of his right and thus push him over.

Still an arm grapple

When he charges in to you with the sword, then let your sword fall and invert your right hand and grasp outward to his right and with the left grip him by the right elbow and spring with the left foot ahead of his right and with your right hand thrust his right arm over your left and so raise him over yourself, thus you can break his arm or throw him over the left leg from you if you will.

Mark here a taking of the sword

Mark when one charges in to you with the sword, then invert your left hand and drive it over his right arm and thus grasp his sword between both hands on the grip and shove it to your left side. Thus you have taken his sword.

Still a sword taking.

When he displaces or similarly binds on your sword then grasp the sword's middle with the left hand and hold both fast and drive the right hand through below with the pommel forward over both his hands and then pull over yourself to your right side, thus you keep both swords.

Talhoffer:

Tafel 7

 
The sword trapped by the arm.

Evading and capturing a sword with an arm trap. The trapped attack looks to be a thrust and the counter involves getting past the point. It is doubtful that the attack was a cut.


Tafel 26


Ein Vortreten mit dem schwerte mit angefasster klinge und fassen des Schwertes.
Step forward with the sword and soundly with a quick clenching trap the sword.

The guy on the right seems to be step thrusting or from the basic en garde stance, The Plough, a move which can be countered with the simplest parries. This is a more interesting way to get past his point, capturing his blade and opening up a half sword thrust opportunity.

Tafel 28

Aus dem Oberhieb vorfallen (ausfallen) in das Gewappnete Ort.
From the high guard drop forward into the ready point.

Similar to tafel 26, this is another interesting way to get past an opponent's sword when he is step thrusting from The Plough. This also gets one into a position to execute a half-sword thrust, delivering his ready point (Gewappnete Ort).

Tafel 30


 
From the bind, move again and trap with force (clench fight).

This seems to be an instruction to go straight from a bind to pinning (fangen) the opponent's arms and wrenching with force (mit gewalt).

Tafel 50

Festhaften des feindlichen Schwertes.
Grip trapping the enemy sword.

Looking at the illustration, we see the left combatant has his blades strong against his opponent's wrist and his quillons on the sword grip, trapping the hand. A wrench with the left hand will lever the trap against his own quillons and force his opponent to drop his sword. This is accomplished even though his opponent is also executing a sword grab.

Tafel 51


Das Schwert Wechseln. (Sich des feindlichen Schwertes bemachtigen).
The sword exchange. (You will take the opposing sword.)

This seems like a follow up to tafel 50. The combatant on the left has had his grip broken and his sword taken. He has transferred his grip hand to his opponent's grip. His opponent, now having only one hand on his sword, can back away and switch to the captured sword in his left hand.

 

Sutor:

When you have, using the sword, closed under his guard and are in close quarters, throw your sword away and behind him, duck down under and in front of him, and gripping both his legs with both of your hands, pull toward yourself so he falls from the wrenching.


 

When you and your opponent come so close together by advancing that you must resort to grappling, then step with your right foot between his legs, release your left hand from the sword and with your right hand put your sword under his right arm by thrusting between it and his body,  use your left hand to grab his leading right leg, the lower the better, so that with your right foot fully between and beyond his legs so that you can grab, hold and throw to the outside in a wrench over and onto his head.

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