73. Of the Hurt of the Low Ward at the Two Hand SwordΒΆ

Because the broad ward in handling of this weapon is painful and unsure, I leave speak thereof, and come to the low ward, which is framed two ways, to wit: either with the right or with the left foot before, and in either way, one may strike both within and without. Within, is rather to ward, then to strike: for the enemy that stands without, has the greater advantage.

Finding himself therefore within, and bearing the sword firmly, he shall force and drive on a thrust, as far as both arms may stretch out together, increasing a pace and settling in the low ward, if he do not speed. But finding himself to stand without, and as soon as he has found the enemy’s sword, he shall deliver a thrust, first, at the length of both arms, then, voiding the cross hand, increase a pace and deliver it out at uttermost length of the pommel hand, and immediately after the thrust, retire his hand and pace, staying himself again in the said low ward.

Previous topic

72. Of the Defense of the High Ward at Two Hand Sword

Next topic

74. Of the Defense of the Low Ward at the Two Hand Sword

This Page