Werner Ueberschär – Learning from Rast – understanding Liechtenauer

Using an exemplary sequence of techniques, we will show the common features of fencing between Rast and Liechtenauer in bloßfechten. Selected techniques from Rast’s harnischfechten show thrusts to the face or in the visor.


Weapon: Longsword

Source: Rast

The widley unknown fencing treatise by Anthony Rast (d. 1549) belongs to the so-called “Nuremberg group” of fencing manuscripts, which have no direct reference to the Liechtenauer tradition. But congruent fencing principles can be recognized in the blossfechten techniques. These are explained here very clearly through the pictures and text informations. We would like to explain this by means of a small exemplary sequence of techniques.
In addition, as a contrast to blossfechten, we will use a few techniques in Rast’s harnischfechten that are about the thrust to the face (helmet or visor).

Skill level of Participants:  All skill levels
Needed Equipment: Feder or sword, no protective equipment required for the blossfechten techniques. For the harnisch fencing part, mask and gloves are necessary, a sword that is as stiff as possible would be an advantage. The point of the sword must be protected.

About the trainer – Werner Ueberschär

Werner Ueberschär was born in Nuremberg in 1969. He has been practising martial arts for over 30 years. In 2005 he came into contact with HEMA for the first time. Since then, he has been particularly interested in the special role of his hometown as a historical centre of civic martial arts. His transcription of Anthony Rast (Stadtarchiv Ausburg, Reichsstadt Schätze No. 82) can also be found on Wiktenauer. He is a co-founder, board member and trainer in the HEMA club Schwertbund Nurmberg e.V.