MSI.33 Part V: Seventh and Special Wards

Royal Armouries MS I.33 (“One Thirty-Three”, “Tower Fechtbuch”)
Seventh and Special Wards


Formed with blade extended forward

Defensive only

Highly susceptible to binds


Modification of Left Shoulder, with sword brought forward and laid across inside of elbow.  All Left Shoulder plays flow from this guard

Priest’s Special Longpoint (lower right figure)

Though called a longpoint guard, it shares none of the traits of Longpoint

The author of I.33 says “The entire fight flows from this guard”; all cuts, binds, and thrusts can be launched from this guard in one tempo

Walpurgis (the figure on the left)

Modification of Right Shoulder, with sword held vertically in front of body

Assumes an appearance of weakness while maintaining a secure guard

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