John H wrote:Cut 5, 6, 11, and 12 are the type of cuts that indicate to me a relatively light blade.
Yes, you can do those cuts with a sports blade, or perhaps even with a light duelling sabre, but the result will be a touch or light bruise on the opponent's shoulder due to the sudden change of the trajectory (and loss of energy). So definitely an overcomplicated system of cuts, some of which are patently not suitable for the army.
The modern sabre fencing stance, which is not terribly different from the guard suggested by Waite (length, weight distribution), Burton (length, weight distribution, too some extent even the position of arms), provides a better combination of defensive and offensive abilities, naturally coupled with the ability to maintain constantly the proper distance.
John H wrote:Targeting the front leg.
Attacking the front leg is one of the favourite attacks of some Hungarian reenactors (for instance Baranta sabreurs), usually you could quite easily to slip the front leg, even from the "modern" stance and ripost with a solid head cut (rewarded with 3 points) or shoulder cut (2 points).
Nullo modo, amice.
"Ulrich von Lichtenstein"