Here's the kicker though - there really isn't much (if any) difference in the tactics used by Fiore and Liechtenauer.
The difference is in the footwork - specifically the first step in response to an attack. While there are no absolutes (especially not in the martial arts), in general we can say that:
- Fiore prefers to step into the blow (in the direction of the blow) with the forward foot. This means that you are intercepting the attack before it develops it's full power.
- Liechtenauer prefers to step away from the attack by passing diagonally forward with the rear foot. This means that you are intercepting the attack after it has reached it's maximum extension.
|Both figures are left-foot forward. The attacker will be throwing a right fendente/Oberhau with a pass forward of the rear foot.|
|Fiore - as Defender cuts into Attacker's blade, they step diagonally forward with the left foot.|
|Liechtenauer - as Defender cuts into Attacker's blade, they pass diagonally forward with the right foot.|
This idea that Fiore steps into the attack and Liechtenauer away from it is repeated throughout each author's corpus of work.
BTW, Greg Mele and Christian Tobler taught a class on this at Chivalric Weekend 2010. I don't remember how I got the PDF of their class-notes, but I'm sure they are out there. Their class says pretty much the same thing I just did so my thanks to both of them :-)