The combatant on the left (Red) has just gotten out of a messy
grappling situation and has turned the tables on his opponent (Blue). The photo
shows a position in a sequence from Joachim Meyer's 1570 manual. The sequence
teaches a counter to the grappling sequence described
and illustrated earlier.
Earlier in the sequence, Red found
himself in a unpleasant situation. By applying force to Red's arm, Blue
controlled Red's arms (and thus his weapon) while throwing Red off balance. At
the same time, Blue wound his sword around, threatening an attack to the right
side of Red's head. Red lifted his arms up to close off that attack, a move that
gave Red an opportunity. As he raised his arms, Red released one hand from the
pommel of his sword and grabbed his blade in the middle. Red forced his pommel
between Blue's arms and caught Blue's right arm with the pommel. At the instant
shown in the photo, Red can pull his pommel (and Blue's right arm) forward at the same
time he pushes his blade (and Blue's blade) away. Red's leverage forces Blue to
release his sword, thus disarming him.
Meyer describes this counter to the grappling technique as
When you realize that an opponent will wind from
outside at you with his blade over your arm, then release your left hand
from the pommel, and grip your sword blade in the middle with it; go at
the same time with your pommel between his arms, and catch with it from
inside over his right arm, force thus towards yourself with the pommel,
and push from you with the blade; thus you will take his sword from him.
In the photos, both Blue and Red are wearing clothing
in the style of the late 16th century.
Translation ©2001-2009 Dr. Jeffrey L. Forgeng