The Four Binds of I.33

I.33 binds

From July 9, 2015

Just finished going through I.33 and listing out all the different options we are given from each bind (see end of post).

The four binds are above right, above left, below right, and below left. We can arrange them in a grid, and it makes it easy to remember that whatever the bind is from our perspective, our opponent is in the opposite bind. So if you are binding above and to the right, your opponent will be in a left underbind from his perspective.

I’ll organize it somehow eventually, probably as part of a flow chart. But I just wanted to share an interesting observation:

a right underbind is relatively rare, with only 3 options ever shown for being in this position, and the position only occurring around 5 times. An left overbind, it’s counterpart, also only occurs 3-4 times, with 3 different options given for what to do from that position. Maybe not so interesting other than suggesting that maybe these binds are less common or less useful. Hard to say for sure.

The interesting part is comparing the right overbind and left underbind. The right overbind occurs around 12 times, but only 3 different options to use (it repeats the schiltslac+strike to the head 9-10 times). The left underbind also occurs around 12 times, but we are given around 7-8 different options.

I’m not sure what this suggests, or what it implies, or what conclusions we can draw from this, but it is definitely interesting. Any input is welcome.

I know that the number of times something occurs in a manual isn’t necessarily indicative of how common it would be in a fight. But there’s certainly something to the fact that over and over we are shown that if we bind above and to the right, we should do a schiltslac. It shows 1-2 other options, but those seem to be more easily countered. But then when our opponent does this to us and we are bound below and to the left, we are given tons of options of what we can do to either hit our opponent or regain control of the bind.


Above Right Bind (right overbind)

– Schiltslac – 2v, 5r, 7r, 14r, 16r, 18r, 20v?, 23r, 30v, 32v
– Strike up to reach the head – 19v, 20v?
– Strike to separate sword and shield – 24r

Above Left Bind (left overbind)

– Nucken – 3v
– Thrust to the chest – 6r, 23r?
– Durchtreten – 9v

Below Right Bind (right underbind)

– Grab his sword with your arms – 4r
– Thrust under to the chest – 6r, 23r?
– Stichslach around to the left – 10r, 20r

Below Left Bind (left underbind)

– Mutation of the sword – 2v, 3v, 8r
– Durchtreten – 2v
– Grapple arms with right hand – 2v, 18v
– Grapple arms with left hand – 4v, 12v
– Flee to the side (1st Ward) – 20v?
– Cut the arms and stab below – 21v
– Lift the sword to the head and Schiltslac – 30v
– Lift the sword and shield to protect the head – 18r

I have not quite figured out how to classify the Krucke-Krucke bind and the 2nd Ward Schutzen-Schutzen bind.


About joeynitti

I study Historical European Martial Arts. I am a member of Ottawa Swordplay. I've been studying HEMA for around 5 years.
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