Introduction to Longsword in the Liechtenauer Tradition
Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Johannes Liechtenauer: a mysterious master about whom we know about only through the writings of his disciples who encoded his martial art in a secret poem to be understood only by the initiated. While he sounds like a kung fu movie character, his poem, which covers unarmored longsword, armored combat, and mounted combat, along with the words of the students who explained its meaning gave us a fascinating tradition which HEMA and SCA practitioners puzzle through to this day.
In this class, we will cover the beginning advice of the zettel such as basic footwork, the basic fundamentals of nachreisen and ansetzen, and how to cut in such a way as to optimize not only cutting through another person but also to win the bind. Depending on time and the grasping of fundamentals, the class will finish with an illustration of Liechtenauer's principles of the bind through the play of zornhau-ort, "wrath hew-point."
Gear Requirements: Federschwert or other longsword simulator, mask, gloves (preferably padded though this class will not involve competitive sparring and instead involve partner drilling)
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