ortunately for us, these subsequent masters and in turn their students began to write manuals that ‘clearly’ explained the techniques and philosophy of Liechtenauer’s school. This was probably to counter inferior masters teaching a corrupted version of the art.
These later manuals focus on the Longsword perhaps giving indication that this was the preferred weapon but Liechtenauer teachings included nearly all common medieval weapons of the time

hese fechtbücher clearly show that Liechtenauer’s style preferred attack to defense, and counter-attack rather than passively blocking – something that would appear to suit the national characteristics of the Germanic peoples which could account for its popularity and longevity.


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ven after his death (probably before 1389), Liechtenauer’s importance lived on with 15th century German fencing masters Peter von Danzig, Paulus Kal, Sigmund Ringeck and Hans Talhoffer and all teaching his system albeit with tweaks and twists of their own. The last master teaching Liechtenauer was Joachim Meyer whose Art of War fechtbücher was printed in 1570 although by then the Longsword was now used more for ‘sports fencing’ than as a weapon of war.