Joachim Meyer’s dagger techniques rely on the dagger hand for defense which is a significantly different approach than that used by Fiore and others who rely on the empty hand to block an attack. This class will explore Meyer’s use of blocking and hooking in response to attacks in order to gain control of an opponent’s weapon and set up follow-on techniques. The class will cover responses to overhead attacks to the head and chest as well as lower attacks to the body; the use of the dagger in both the left and right hand; icepick and saber grips and switching back and forth. The class will focus on drills to build timing and distance skills and included some structured sparing. Mask and gloves are required to participate.