Transcriptions | Johannes Lecküchner | Four Guards

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Be reminded of the four guards,
if you want to win fencing with the Messer.
Pastei and Luginsland,
Stier and Eber shall be known to you.

After the Master has explained the six strikes as main chapters, he now speaks of the seventh chapter, the first main piece of which is the four guards. Those you shall hold and fence from artfully.
The first guard or stance is named Pastei. Hold it like this. Set your right foot in front and hold your Messer with an outstretched arm in front of you with the point towards the earth and the back edge facing up.

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The second guard or stance is the Luginsland. Hold it like this. Set your right foot in front and hold your Messer with an outstretched arm high in front of your head, letting the true or sharp edge face the man as pictured where a hand is drawn.
Hold the Eber like this: Set your left foot in front and hold you Messer at your right leg with the cross at your hip on your right side with the back edge facing up and the point directed at the face of the man.
You shall know the Eber on the other side as well. This is how you do it. Hold your Messer at your left side near your hip with the true edge facing up, the handle lowered a bit towards the earth and the point directed upwards at the face of the man as pictured below.

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The fourth guard is called Stier. Hold it like this. Stand with your left foot in front and hold your Messer to your right [original text: “left”] side in front of your head, letting the back edge face you and the point towards the face.
Stand in the Stier on the other side as pictured below.

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