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The Second Part - Attack and Defense Tactics and Opening Moves from each Ward of the Several Weapons
A bill is an ax or Hachette mounted on a pole, you can still buy a bill ('bush ax') in any rural hardware store where kudzu rules.
A halberd is the same with the addition of a point. A partisan is symmetrically shaped, like a fleur de lys.
The heel of the pole arm should have a metal point.
originally to reach and take down heavily armored horseman, these have long shafts and
good steel heads. A mighty cut can rend any armor or cleave a sword.
Six motions are possible - toward head, feet, right side, left side, forwards,
backwards. The last is an offensive threat if the weapon has a reverse hook.
The weapon should be borne in the middle of the shaft, with the heel of the shaft low
and the point at face level. The lower half to heel should be used to ward blows and
The qualities of the partisan is best seen against pikes. Against a pike, the lower
half should beat the point aside. Step in to the void created, and strike down as forcibly
as possible to cut the pike (or anything else).
1 Point low, hind (right) arm lifted up.
2. Point high, hind arm borne low.
3. Point and shaft level.
4. Point up on high, with the heel forward.
The false: after the ward with the heel of the weapon, start the lunge and cut, then finish by withdrawing the weapon and giving a thrust underneath with a lunge.
I recommend the low ward, hands well apart, point directly at the enemy's throat. Adopt
the reverse of the footwork orientation of our opponent. Rely generally on the direct
thrust delivered with proper timing.
With a straight thrust, timing is everything. Anytime the opponent's point is off line,
particularly while cocking back for a beat, or passing through a beat, you must quickly
deliver a thrust.
While heavy, these weapons are easier to handle and quicker than one might expect.
executed first with Halberd, then with Partisan vs. Musket (butt-end)