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The Steer


This is the dussack equivalent of the ochs - a high hanging guard with the point online and held to the upper right. The canonical steer is left leg forward and the right hand high and by the right side of the head. The left hand is held up by the right in readiness for grappling or defence in this canonical version, however other plates suggest that this is not strictly necessary and often the hand is held closer in to the body, or behind the back.

The blade may be angled with the long edge pointing up and away from the head.

This is an on-point final position for a cut from below (unterhauw), and is the starting point for many cuts from above made with a rotating wrist.

The steer can also be held up to the left side with the right leg foward.

The steer is one of the five side guards with the dussack.

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