Parrying (versetzen), which is also translated as displacing in some translations, is the act of bearing off an opponents attacks to make ourselves safe.
Meyer describes two main types of parrying, each of which can be broken into two subcategories.
The first type of parrying described by Meyer are parries which simply serve to stop the opponent's blow without achieving any particular advantage for yourself. There are two types of basic parry which match this criteria:
- Static parries: parries similar to those seen in 19th century sabre, where the blade is moved in the way of the incoming attack to "block" the blow. - Cutting parries: parries which use a cut to display the opponent's blade as they attack, though without achieving advantage.
The second type of parrying is a parry which actively gains advantage for the opponent. This may be of two types, though the second type is greatly preferred.
- Parries which Set Up a Follow-Up: for example, a Krumphauw which displaces the cut and is immediately followed with a slice to the arms. - Simultaneous Parry-with-attack: parries which top the incoming blow, and simultaneously hit with a cut or thrust. For example the Zwerch versetzen.