The Dupliren

The dupliren is simple. As you enter a bind, just cross or uncross your arms and wind your sword to strike from behind your opponent’s sword. But is it that simple?

Yes, actually. But here’s my thoughts on it.

Here’s what Dobringer 39v says:

From both sides learn eight turning in (Winden) with step’s. And one turning in (Winden) with three pieces I mean thus it is twenty four if you count them one by one. Swordsmen notice it and note the turning in (Winden) correctly. And learn to do them well and you will be able to hit the four openings since each opening surely has six ways to be hit.

Okay, so that’s a whole lot of words that make almost no sense. Let’s try to break it down sentence by sentence.

From both sides learn eight turning in (Winden) with step’s. And one turning in (Winden) with three pieces I mean thus it is twenty four if you count them one by one.

This one is relatively simple. It proposes a wind that requires turning. But herein lies a hidden factor: it requires your opponent to be pushing you aside in the bind. This provides a momentum for you to execute a wind to strike your opponent from behind the sword.

Swordsmen notice it and note the turning in (Winden) correctly.

Once you notice that you’re being pushed aside, that’s when you execute the wind. A simple way to do so is just crossing or uncrossing your arms. But it needs to be quick. If it’s done too slowly, the opponent will have a chance to strike you, as your hilt will not be against your opponent’s sword, and he cannot move against it. It’s a spur-of-the-moment manuver, where speed matters in both executing the action and in realizing the action can be done. As one winds, however, they must take care to step to the side, so that the opponent’s sword is between them.

And learn to do them well and you will be able to hit the four openings since each opening surely has six ways to be hit.

When done correctly, it’s extremely powerful. But to do so requires a good reflex, which can only come from continual training. A dupliren, just like any other skill, takes a long time to master correctly, but when used correctly, can win you the match with ease.