Sean Franklin

Maintaining Structure with Hands Offline (Meisterhau!)

By now the knowledge of cutting fundamentals has been widely disseminated, and competent instruction is available from an ever-growing pool of instructors. Rotate the blade, maintain edge alignment and proper body structure. Students are instructed how to perform these actions using descending cuts, and informed that the same fundamentals apply to all cuts.

This is very true; however putting this into practice is not always so simple. Several cuts such as the Shielhau, Zwerchau and Krumphau make it difficult to maintain a consistent cutting plane, proper edge alignment, and solid body structure. This course will walk through the body engagements necessary to maintain solid cutting form when utilizing these more advanced cutting motions.

Equipment: Longsword (not sharp).


Sean Franklin began his HEMA career in late 2011 when he began training at Blood and Iron Martial Arts in Vancouver, Canada. Due to his prior experience in the Canadian High Performance Sport System he was able to apply his physical conditioning and disciplined training focus to develop as a martial artist at a rapid rate, being able to outfight many club head instructors after only a few years’ experience. Sean has experience in many weapons and traditions, having competitive medals in most tournament weapon sets.

Sean’s experience in sports coaching has allowed him to rapidly develop as a martial arts instructor, serving as the Head Coach of the Blood and Iron fight team in the past. He is a passionate advocate of test cutting for both preserving martial validity and as a tool to assist the development of quality body mechanics.
He also might be most known for his instructional YouTube videos, which is ironically the least impressive credential in terms of demonstrating actual competence. 😉