[german version]

The New Schielhau

A new interpretation of the schielhau, developed by Alexander Hollinger. Presented at the following events: Swordtrip Gathering 2017 / Munich / Germany, Schwabenhau 2017 / Ulm / Germany, Swordtrip Gathering 2018 / Munich / Germany

 

sources

Hie merck wie man den schilär hauen sol
|Merck |wenn du mit dem zu° vechten zw° ym kumpst |So stee mit dem lincken fuess vor |vnd halt dein swert an deiner rechtñ achsel |hawt er dir denn oben ein zw° dem kopff |So ver wennt dein swert |vnd haw gegen seinem haw mit der kûrtzen schneid lanck aus gerackten armen ober vber sein swert Im zu° dem kopff

[Wiktenauer, Peter von Danzig, Rome Transcription by Dierk Hagedorn]

common interpretation

the edge refers to the attacking sword

[...] vnd haw gegen seinem haw mit der kûrtzen schneid lanck aus gerackten armen ober vber sein swert Im zu° dem kopff

our interpretation

the edge refers to the target / the head

[...] vnd haw gegen seinem haw mit der kûrtzen schneid lanck aus gerackten armen ober vber sein swert Im zu° dem kopff

 

execution

To do the New Schielhau three principles are important: the attacking sword is lifted upwards with the guard, the schielhau moves on the second line of attack (from upper left to lower right) and the step forward is very delayed. the principles all work together, but will be presented in the workshop one after another, beginning with schielhau against langort, schielhau against oberhau and then schielhau against pflug. This summary is a reminder for the participants of the workshop.

Schielhau against Langort

Principle "lift upwards with my guard": my blade does not push the attacking blade to the side. The attacking sword is lifted upwards with my own guard. Danzig: scheuss [...] ym den ort do mit lanck ein ze dem hals"

  • thumbgrip, flat on shoulder
  • with a small impuls on the guard, the thumb alignes the short edge to the target
  • use second line of attack (from upper left to lower right)
  • forward, not to the side

Schielhau against Oberhau

Principle "attack directly, defend accidentally": the schielhau is moved on the second line of attack. for the right handed people that is the plane on which an oberhau is moved from upper left to lower right. Danzig: haw [...] Im zu dem kopff"

  • attack directly to the head on the second line of attack
  • small push with thump on the short edge is sufficient

Schielhau against Pflug

Principle "delayed step forward". breaking the pflug we have quite a big distance to move and we have to be prepared to some counterreactions of our partner (e.g. durchwechseln). We first move the sword and only after that we do the stepping forward! Whatever Pflug my partner is in (right or left), our schielhau movement is identical. Danzig: scheuss [...] Im den ort lanck ein zu der prust"

  • sword first, then step
  • rotation of hips
  • parking break: ball of the rear foot