Lehrling I

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Lehrling Level 1 Syllabus

The first Lehrling level introduces tactical concepts such as the stages of the exchange, hitter/provoker/taker strikes, and the ideas of Vor and Nach. The student will know all of the secondary guards, and understand many of the secondary cuts. The Lehrlin I student will also understand important handworks including several deceptions (failing, flowing-off, and flitting), as well as cutting around from the bind.

Previous Levels

The fencer should be able to demonstrate the techniques from the previous levels:


Fencing Theory



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Secondary Guards

Low Side Guards
High Side Guards
Centreline Guards
Hanging Guards

Guards Progression

The student should be able to perform the progression of guards as a flourish to demonstrate movement and coordination.


Principal Cuts

Cuts need only be performed at moderate speed showing form and technique.

  • Zornhauw
    • Application 3 - Zornhauw Ablauffen
    • Application 4 - Zornhauw Fehlen
    • Application 5 - Zornhauw Verfliegen

Secondary Cuts

Cuts need only be performed at moderate speed showing form and technique.

Crooked cut variations:
  • Krumphauw (crooked strike)
    • Application 1 - Krumphauw to the Arms/Head
    • Application 2 - Krumphauw as a Parry
Thwart cut variations:
  • Zwerch (thwart)
    • Application 1 - Zwerch Entry
    • Application 2 - Zwerch as Absetzen
    • Application 3 - Zwerch Verfliegen
Plunging cut variations:
  • Sturtzhauw (plunge strike)
    • Application 1 - Plunge Strike Entry
False edge cuts which parry:
  • Schielhauw (squinting/schield strike)
    • Application 1 - Schielhauw Entry
    • Application 2 - Schielhauw Absetzen
    • Application 3 - Schielhauw Ablauffen
    • Application 4 - Schielhauw Fehlen
Changing strike variations:
  • Wechselhauw (change strike)
    • Application 1 - Wechselhauw
    • Application 2 - Wechselhauw Driving
Cuts with winding:
  • Windthauw (winding strike)
    • Application 1 - Windthauw Parry

Cutting to the Openings


Handworks need only be performed at slower speed; coordination, form, and technique are the priority. The student should know the appropriate applications for:

  • Umbschlagen (Slashing Around)

The handworks below are already covered in the sections above.

Fencing Free-play

The students shall demonstrate their ability to fence using the principles from Meyer's system in the following conditions:

  • Fight a 2 minute bout at moderate speed showing control and flow


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