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The Twerhaw (Twerchaw, Twirhaw, Twirchhaw, Zwerhaw, Zwerchhaw; "Thwarting Hew" or "Crosswise Hew") is one of the several hidden strikes mentioned in Johannes Liechtenauer's Recital on unarmored long sword fencing.

Primary Sources

Video Interpretations

Anton Kohutovič, Gesellschaft Lichtenawers

Eric White, New Jersey Historical Fencing Association

Hugh Knight, Die Schlachtschule

Philippe Willaume, School of Traditional Medieval Fencing


  1. 1.0 1.1 Corrected from »Twir«.
  2. haust
  3. Leger - guards
  4. Versetzen - parrying
  5. Lit. turned as in “soured” or “embittered”.
  6. Zornhau.