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Fighting with the German Longsword

Recorded over six centuries ago, the teachings of the 14th-century Master-at-Arms Johannes Liechtenauer have been given new life by a world-wide community of modern swordsmen and women, fascinated by the elegance, efficiency and depth of his unique martial art. Christian Henry Tobler was one of the pioneers in reviving the medieval Master's art, creating the first published guide on the use of the longsword in 2004. This fully rewritten, revised and expanded edition brings to bear a decade of refinement, creating a definitive guide for students. Beginning with a short historical overview of the art, the book describes stance, footwork, methods for gripping the sword, and the core techniques of the Liechtenauer tradition. Additional chapters also look at wrestling, spear and armoured combat; demonstrating the art's depth and breadth.
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Table of Contents

Foreword About the Author The Chivalric Fighting Arts Association The Selohaar Fechtschule Preface Introduction 1: Beginning Your Training 2: Line, Footwork, Measure, and Time 3: Vier Leger 4:Three Wounders 5: Four Openings 6: Initiative 7: Defending with Attacks 8: The Five Strokes 9: Zornhau 10: Breaking the Four Openings 11: Krumphau 12: Zwerchhau 13: Schielhau 14: Scheitelhau 15: Vier Versetzen 16: Nachreisen 17: Fuhlen and Indes, an Interlude 18: UEberlaufen 19: Absetzen 20: Durchwechseln and Zucken 21: Ringen 22: Durchlaufen 23: Sprechfenster 24: Zwei Hengen, Acht Winden 25: Nebenhut 26: Fence! 27: Armoured Foot Combat 28: Fencing with the Spear 29: Fencing with the Half-Sword 30: Conclusion Table of Drills Glossary & Bibliography

About the Author

Christian Henry Toblerhas focused on the study of medieval Fechtbucher (fight books) since the late 1990s, and has published widely on swordsmanship. He was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Historical European Martial Arts in 2013.

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