The Parry Queue is a fundamental concept of pollaxe combat. It is used against any Oberschlag (blow from above) done at a fairly steep angle. This can be done either from either the guard of the Low Queue or that of the High Dague.
From Low Queue you simply intercept the attack without moving your feet; from High Dague you can either pass forward with your left foot to close distance or pass backward with your right foot to open distance. Le Jeu specifically shows all three variations.
Regardless of whether your opponent loses his grip immediately strike toward his
face with a Single Oberstich (a thrust from above in a pool-queue fashion).
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If you learn no other pollaxe technique, learn this one. This is the essence of
pollaxe combat: It shows how the lighter, faster Queue can be used to out-time the
heavier, slower Croix and it teaches the idea of getting between your opponent
and his axe.
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