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.
About the Author
The Chivalric Fighting Arts Association
The Selohaar Fechtschule
1: Beginning Your Training
2: Line, Footwork, Measure, and Time
3: Vier Leger
5: Four Openings
7: Defending with Attacks
8: The Five Strokes
10: Breaking the Four Openings
15: Vier Versetzen
17: Fühlen and Indes, an Interlude
20: Durchwechseln and Zucken
24: Zwei Hengen, Acht Winden
27: Armoured Foot Combat
28: Fencing with the Spear
29: Fencing with the Half-Sword
Table of Drills
Glossary & Bibliography
Christian Henry Toblerhas focused on the study of medieval Fechtbücher (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.