Twelve Teachings for the Beginning Fencer


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Andre Paurñfeyndt

English Translation

by Michael Chidester and Eli Combs

 

Twelve Teachings for the Beginning Fencer

Twelve rules that you should apply
Out of which you can grow great Art

 

The First

Whichever leg stands in front is bent
And the rear is extended to create a strong base

 

The Other

Fight high with extended body
Shoot to the openings powerfully with your reach

 

The Third

Strike and step together
And set your feet against each other

 

The Fourth

He who steps after striking
Will find no joy in his art

 

The Fifth

Note what the flat is
Do not fence left if you are right-handed

 

The Sixth

Search for the weak and the strong
“Indes”, note this word

 

The Seventh

Consider soft or hard
Nachreissen is your tool

 

The Eighth

Strike before and after
Do not close range too hastily

 

The Ninth

Fight near the body
Do not neglect the harassing strikes

 

The Tenth

Step close at the bind
Otherwise you will be wounded

 

The Eleventh

The front of the hand is called the long edge
Seldom attempt deflections with the short

 

The Twelfth

If you frighten easily
Do not learn to fence.

 

From :  ‘http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Andre_Paur%C3%B1feyndt’