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Old November 26, 2005, 03:44 PM   #15
Don Gwinn
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Almost all of the surviving Medieval/Early Medieval fencing manuals promote counterattacking with the point or edge into an oncoming attack. This presents an offensive action to the opponent while setting aside their incoming attack.
I almost went back and edited to say ". . . and 'parry" in this case means almost incidental contact that redirects the opponent's blade, the sort of exaggerated 'blocking' movement you see in Highlander."

But I didn't, and you got me fair and square.
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