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Clashing Strike

A secondary strike in Meyer's system. This blow deflects an incoming blow with the flat of the blade and attacks with the false edge. It is similar in many ways to a Schielhauw but relies more on the flat of the blade being used in a sliding motion, rather than the Schielhauw's false edge strike aside.


The canonical application of the Kneichelhauw is described as follows:

  • As the opponent strikes an Oberhauw or Zornhauw, strike against it with the flat, right palm facing toward you, cutting down to his upper left opening.
  • Let the flat slide along his blade
  • When you get near his crossguard swing the tip over to cut the head with the false edge.

It can be argued that this blow is closely related to the Schielhauw, but slides along with the flat more.


Aside from its canonical use, the Glutzhauw can also be used from the bind. Consider a long-edge bind from the right side; if you thumb the blade and turn the flat against the opponent's blade you can slide down to their schilt and strike over the crossguard.

This motion forces them to lift their hands to a high hanging, which opens their arms to a slice from below (Schneiden), or to push it aside, opening themselves to a snapping over (Umbschnappen).

Application Example

In which the 'student' demonstrates their knowledge to the 'teacher'.

Application 1: Glutzhauw Versetzen

In this application the cut is being used as a Taker and Hitter in the Onset. In this case the fencer is acting in the Nach.

Teacher Student
Zornhut, left leg forward Schranckhut, left leg forward
Passing Step forward, Zornhauw Uncross the hands and with a Passing Step to with the right foot, catch the blow on the flat.
Slide the blade down theirs and swing the false edge forward to their face.
Withdraw (Abzug) with a defensive high cut or a guard.
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