Monday, 31 October 2011

31/10/11 Lesson Plan. Zwerching 201: The Binds That Tie

Well, today's a bit busy, so cheers to Pete for giving me a hand preparing this lesson plan.

Well, let’s admit this a sequel to 10/10/11 Lesson then.

Basically, we’re going to let the decision tree branch into three - is he weak in the bind, too strong (and therefore pushing offline), or strong and online?  Then we’re going to have two or three related options for each.  Against weakness, we push our Ochs through and attack his face.  If he’s too strong, we attack cutting to the right side of his head in the other direction before he can recover to a threat.  If he’s strong and online, we have to push him offline by abandoning our point’s threat and going to a very hanging cover.  It’s the top half of

First 30 Minutes: Warm Up and Faffing: Let’s call this half an hour to be ready to introduce new technique.  I’d suggest throwing some winding and both Zornhaus and Zwerches (or at least compact oberhaus) into the warm up.  In fact, make sure they’re in there.

10 Minutes: Best Case Scenario: He’s not strong enough, because I’m awesome.

We’re going to run all this as one guy in Ochs, his partner in Kron/Langenort.  I don’t even care which order they do it in.  Agent Zorns, Patient counters Indes with a Zwerch is canonical, but it could be Agent thrusts to Ochs, Patient displaces from Pflug on one side to a forward-angled Kron on the other to cover himself.

In this case, the guy in Ochs is going to take control of the bind, by raising his point to collect the opponent’s weak on his strong, or otherwise as works at the time.  The point is to get his point in the other guys face.  Cover three options - stabbing him in the face or a high opening, stabbing past his face and then cutting his throat, or the slightly complicated play of turning the sword along the long axis once the tip is past his face so the edge bound switches, then using the short edge against his neck and your right foot behind his left to shove him over.  Look at Tobler for the general idea - Secrets pp.54-55.

10 Minutes: Still Not Bad: He’s trying too hard in the bind, and therefore sucks at sword fighting.

Assume the guy not in Ochs tries to push the sword away, not threatening you.  For a moment, you can abandon your impregnable Ochs fortress and do whatever you want.  Firstly, you can wind to right Ochs behind his sword, almost coincidentally cutting him with a dupliered Zwerchaw.  How humiliating.  Secondly, and less extremely, you can just cut into Langenort at his face, which is less dramatic but offers better cover if he wasn’t pushing too too much offline.  Option three is taking off to Zwerch to the other side.

10 Minutes: He Can Fight?!?: Your opponent has attended SwordFighting 101 at his local community college, and has both a strong structure in the bind and an online pressure that’s threatening to come over/through your Ochs and do bad things with the stabby end of his sword.

So we’re going to be cunning.  Rather than fight back with all the high pressure we can, and turn into a Hollywood (or “When Peter Fights Batfink”) bind we can chat past, we’re going to deflect his pressure and do something unexpected.  These techniques sacrifice our threat from the point, so you’ve gotta hope they work fast.

Firstly, we can use our crossguard to collect his blade and shove it harmlessly to the right as we drop to a hanging guard, the point aimed down and to the right.  Make it an active shove, so he can’t cut us with online force, as often happens if people misjudge a more passive handing guard deflection.  From here, we can come off and strike to his right hand side (from our left...) with a Zwerch or Zornhau.  We can bring our hilt over his hand to secure them while controlling his right elbow with out left hand, and then throw him with a step of our left foot in front of his right, or we can just come under our hanging cover and grapple. Verkehrer und Durchlauffen!  What a wonderful phrase!  Verkehrer und Durchlauffen! It’s just a transitory phase...

Finally, I’d suggest starting to integrate all this with a restricted sparring set, similar to the one in the last Zwerchau lesson.  I’d suggest Agent Zorns, Patient Zwerches, swapping roles after each exchange.

1 comment:

  1. One thing I forget to put in explicitly - the options for bind pressure are meant to form the hierarchy - I hope he's weak, so I try to wind through. If this fails, it's hopefully because he's begun pushing offline, so I can go to Option 2. If it's not, then I may have to say "Screw this bind, I'm outta here" and make a cover to leave the bind under.