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Resources for the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) student, with a particular focus on the ars gladiatoris of Paulus Hector Mair.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mair's Sickle 1: Obere Schnitte* from both sides


Attacker: Approach your opponent with your right foot leading, the sickle held in your right hand on the left side of your head, your left arm extended towards your opponent, and your left hand open (see left figure).

Defender: Approach your opponent with your left foot leading, the sickle held in your right hand on the right side of your head, and your left hand resting on your right upper arm (see right figure).

Attacker: Pass forward with your left foot and cut
into the right side of his head (this is an Oberer Schnit from the left shoulder).

Defender: Counter his Oberer Schnit by parrying [his sickle] rightward with your sickle and seizing his right [forearm] with your left hand. Then, while controlling his right [wrist] with your left hand, cut into the right side of his head (this is an Oberer Schnit from the right shoulder).

Attacker: Counter his Oberer Schnit by seizing his right [wrist] with your left hand and, if his left foot is still leading, immediately draw your sickle towards it to cut his left leg.

Defender: Counter his cut to your left leg by pressing down on the inside of his right elbow with your left hand and pulling your right hand back. Then, stab the point of your sickle into his head and withdraw.

*plural of Oberer Schnit, cut to the upper openings.

Interpretive translation © 2009 David James Knight.

1 comment:

Skiritai said...

Revised on November 10, 2009 as follows:

Recognizing that "lateris dextri" is not properly declined, the clause "caput eius / lateris dextri sauciabis" can be translated from the Latin as "you will cut his head from the right," that is, on his left side. Cross-referencing with the German versions reveals that the correct meaning is "on his right side."

I had misread "proscindere" (to cut) as "prosternere" (to throw prostrate). The translation has been corrected to describe a cut to the Defender's left leg.