Christopher VanSlambrouck is a senior instructor, researcher and administrator with the Meyer Freifechter Guild, a Historical European Martial Arts group. For the last 16 years, he has had general interest as a HEMA scholar, but from 2009 he has specializes in the instruction of the techniques of Master Joachim Meyer, particularly in the use of the XVI c. German longsword.

A Most Interesting Johann (part 1)

Johann Kasimir (Palatinate-Simmern) (Latinized as Johannes Kasimirus) (1543-1592) Kasimir was a German ‘prince’ of the House of Wittelsbach, and the third child, and second son of Elector Palatine Frederick III (Kurfürst von der Pfalz) “the Pious” (der Fromme) and Princess Maria von Brandenburg-Kulmbach and possibly the most interesting Johann of the 16th century. For Example

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Dempffen [dɛmpfən] lit. “Repelling” or “to repress” or impede, to subdue, and “Suppress/ Suppressing”. What a great fencing term. In Meyer’s 16th century system of fence, Dempffen/ Dempffhau is a vertically descending Oberhau. This cut, a Nehmer is executed as a counter-cut with the Longedge. It ‘repels’ your opponent’s incoming blade towards the ground. See

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Schutzhalter​ ​ [ʃʊt͡s ˈhaltɐ] schutz​ (lit. shoot, 1836, p421)) halter​ (lit. “​to look after, or keep​” (Dasypodius 1535, 99v2), ‘​keep’​, as in housekeeper (Golius, 1579, 211) The term ​Schutzhalter​ was often used liken to“​schirmer/ ”​ (guardian) as seen throughout Fortunatus Hueber’s (1686) history of the Franciscans, “Dreyfache von Orden S. Francisci​”. For Historical Fencing researchers,

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