Because of this grip that I keep you in, I will strike you in the head with my pollaxe, and with my arm I will put you in the strong lower bind, which more than the others is mortally dangerous.
To make this play, you need to begin by breaking your opponents attack to the right. This gives you the opening you need to move to the outside line.
Holding the head of both weapons down and to the right, lunge in with your left foot. As you do so, scoop under your opponents right arm with your left arm. Make sure you are very close to your opponent. You will need to be able to reach the back of their shoulder with your hand. As you move, you can release the cover and raise your pollaxe for a strike, as the picture shows.
Pivot on your left foot, arcing your right foot behind you in a clockwise direction. Push into your opponenrts hips as you do so. Lock your left elbow into your body and lever down on the back of your opponent shoulder. They will bend forward at the hips, trapped in a lower bind.
You will now have the time and space to slide your hand to a more balanced single handed grip on your weaopn. There is a clear opening to strike to the back of the head, stab into the neck, or simply hold your opponent in submission. Other examples of the lower bind or variations of it, can be seen in the following plays.
- Dagger – Counter to the 1st scholar of the 1st master
- Dagger – 3rd scholar of the 3rd master
- Dagger – 4th scholar of the 3rd master
- Dagger – 5th scholar of the 3rd master
- Dagger – 8th scholar of the 5th master
- Dagger – 3rd scholar of the 6th master
- Dagger – 4th scholar of the 9th master
- Sword in two hands – 1st counter to the 13th scholar of the 3rd master
- Sword in armour – 4th scholar
- Sword in armour 5th scholar