Colin Richards wrote:What are the main methods of countering hidden strikes?
All hidden strikes are coming from above? Would the natural answer to these strikes be strikes from below or the side (rising)?
yes, the five strikes come from above. No, I wouldn't counter them from below. Or rising from the side.
I do step off-line, however. Deeply off-line at times.
Why wouldn't I counter from below you might ask. Well, there's the principle of Überlaufen which roughly says that all attacks to the upper openings break those to the lower openings. So it would be a silly thing to answer an Oberhau with an Unterhau.
The counters as I would advise them, taking into consideration what was said earlier, that the hidden strikes are a follow-up technique already (this list is not complete):
Zornhau: I have to gain superior leverage and try to conquer my opponent with winden, duplieren etc.
Krumphau: Depends on where he aims. Rising the sword or winding up into an upper hanging might do the trick.
Twerhau: Strike a Twerhau to the other side myself or fall onto his sword with an immediate thrust. Or fall under his arms.
Schielhau: Tricky. Winding or retreating. Or advancing in order to wrestle.
Scheitelhau: Rise the hilt and wind to the opponent's face.
So all the counters are - more or less - Oberhaue again - or at least actions from above, but I have to use the "Fühlen am Schwert" (feeling on the sword) in order to be victorious.
All the best