Source: german fencing school
»while coming into position with the hilt high above your head, and thus complete« (Meyer): The Unterhau is part of the basic training in longsword, but it is rarely used in free combat. It is considered weak, because it is a strike with shorter reach. In addition, it takes a lot of practice to execute this strike with correct cutting line. Still, it can be a not to be underestimated tool in our arsenal. It is particularly useful while working in the bind and as part of a safe retreat. In advancing too, blows from the Unterhau (Aufstreichen, Verkehrer) can be effective. That’s what this workshop aims to show – after we’ve worked out the necessary biomechanics and learned a few surprising combinations.
Skill level of Participants: All skill levels
Needed Equipment: Mask, gloves, Longsword/Feder.
About the trainer – Tobias Prüwer
Tobias “Tobs” Prüwer has a martial arts background from many years of judo and karate. With a detour via medieval market show fighting he discovered HEMA quite late. A journalist in real life, he has been training in Torsten Schneyer’s Stahlakademie since 2014. There he also works as a coach for several years. As a graduate historian, source work and interpretation / reconstruction are just as important to him as athletic aspects