Here's a good clip from John Clements focusing on an often forgotten aspect of swordfighting; the dynamic gripping of swords. Some time ago I wrote an article about this and although I find it lacking today, I still think it has some good images, even if I really should add more to them.

This topic is important for our understanding of the historical fencing, I believe, and I suggest you take a look at both the clip, the article and the images. However, keep in mind that both the clip and my old article brings together a lot of unrelated sources that sometimes have little to do with each other, which can create an impression of more widespread and common use than what was the practical reality. This is an unintentional sideeffect of trying to put the light on the mechanism which was in fact used by many masters, especially those in a line that seems to be related to the Marxbrüder, as seen in the article about Meyer's Masters.

Here are also some really good Hammaborg clips exploring this from Codex Wallerstein and Peter Falkner. Falkner was of course a Marxbrüder Captain. Also, Jörg Wilhalm shows this, for instance with the Brechfenster, again seen in the Meyer's Masters article.

Here are the images that I used in my old article, where I briefly discussed this topic.

More reading: How do you grip a sword?



Roger Norling
Roger Norling is an instructor on Joachim Meÿer's Halben Stangen (Quarterstaff) with the Gothenburg Free Fencer's Guild (GFFG).

Starting with the Gothenburg Historical Fencing School in 2008, he is since 2015 a member of the GFFG. His main focus in his research is the "Kunst des Fechtens" and primarily the longsword, dussack and polearms. He has been focusing on the works of Joachim Meÿer since 2009. In this he has enjoyed collaborating with the Meyer Frei Fechter Guild and in May 2013 he became a Fechter of the MFFG.

Currently, he is writing on several books which will explore the teachings of Joachim Meyer, as well as on pedagogics for teaching martial arts.

He is the creator behind the three sister sites, Water on a Rock, an online journal on philosophical ponderings, and and shares his experiences and knowledge in articles on both sites.

He regularly lectures on topics related to HEMA, and teaches workshops on Meÿer quarterstaff, dusack and longsword at various HEMA events around the world. For more about this, read his instructor's profile.