Schielhauw

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Glancing/Squinting Strike

Longsword

A meisterhauw and one of Meyer's secondary strikes, this blow parries with the false edge while simultaneously striking. Meyer's version of this strike hits with higher hands than many interpretations of the early German version of the blow. The low handed version which slides along the opponent's blade is identified by Meyer as Glutzhauw.

Execution

Meyer doesn't explicitly say what blow this cut parries, but his images suggest that it can be used against oberhauw/zornhauw or unterhauw with equal facility. The wording in the text states that the cut ends as the figures on the left in the image, one depicts a cut against an unterhauw, the other against an oberhauw. The execution according to the canonical description is:

  • Standing in a Vom tag or Zornhut
  • As he cuts step forward and left with a Passing Step and cut in the style of a Zornhauw at the start, but wind the hands high as the cut is executed so their blade is deflected by your false edge, and you strike their head with high hands.
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As a matter of experience it's worth noting that often the schielhauw works best with a "flicking" forward motion of the blade rather than simply cutting across. The flick deflects the opponent's blade and brings the false edge weak of the blade over that much quicker.

Notes

The Schielhauw is useful for deflecting incoming blows and thrusts, but can also be used against opponent's standing in on-point guards such as Eisenport or Langort, however fencers should beware of the opponent changing through beneath their blade (Durchwechseln).

Applications

In which the 'student' demonstrates their knowledge to the 'teacher'.

Application 1: Schielhauw in the "Old" way

In this application the cut is being used simultaneously as a Taker and Hitter in the Onset. In this case the fencer is acting in the Nach.

Teacher Student
Vom tag, left leg forward Vom tag or Zornhut, left leg forward
Passing Step with the right foot, Zornhauw Passing Step forward right with the right foot, Schielhauw to the opponent's blade, setting it off and cutting with the edge or planting the point.
Withdraw (Abzug) with a defensive high cut or a guard.

Application 2: Schielhauw in the "New" way

In this application the cut is being used simultaneously as a Taker and Hitter in the Onset. In this case the fencer is acting in the Nach.

Teacher Student
Vom tag, left leg forward Vom tag, left leg forward
Passing Step with the right foot, Zornhauw Side step left with the left foot, cut as if performing an Oberhauw but cross the hands in the air, cutting a Schielhauw to the opponent's blade so that their sword goes to your right, setting it off and cutting with the edge or planting the point.
Withdraw (Abzug) with a defensive high cut or a guard.

Perform this on the opposite side. The student should demonstrate both the cut and the point with this technique.


Related Applications

The following applications are related to, or derive from, this strike.

Rappier

Once again the cut with the rappier is similar to the longsword stroke, using a reversing of the hand in the strike so the false edge is turned toward the opponent.

Execution

The canonical unterhauw is performed as follows.

  • Standing in Oberhut
  • Cut down at his blade or strike and in the cut turn the blade so the impact occurs on the false edge or flat and the short edge strikes them in the head. Typically this is accompanied by an offline step (Triangle Step)
  • If the cut fails, thrust into long point.
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