We kicked off the techniques section of our curriculum yesterday with Bnonn's class on german longsword in the Liechtenauer tradition
, though I'm not sure how it went, as I did not go. I can mangage 2 nights a week, but even my martial skills pale in fear against the wifely beatings that would ensue should I try to attend three sessions a week.
So, I started my techniques class today with some pollaxe work from Le Jeu de la hache d'armes, the 15th Century Burgundian text by an unknown author. (Linky to transcription
and Linky to my translation
). Again, Reiver has been out of the loop for a while, so we started back at the start. We covered the 6 parts of the pollaxe, the two gardes (en garde de la queue and en garde de la croix/dague), the two strikes, (l'estocq and le tour de bras), and the simplest counter to l'estocq, turning aside [video]
. We played around with this for a while, getting Reiver used to the idea of getting smacked in the head, before moving on to the first and simplest of the true counters (couvertes), the queue sweep[video]
This works against a right handed tour de bras, if you have the croix forward, and essentially is a slope step to the left, a beat on his axe with your queue, and a passing thrust to the face. I describe this in greater detail here
Quote of the evening: "Mind if I hit you in the face a bit more?". And as far as I know, they're still out there, hitting each other in the face.