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Alber (translation: Fool) is a term used to describe a type of low guard or ward in historical swordfighting.


In the Liechtenauer tradition this ward may be taken up with the longsword on the right or the left hand side. It is one of the Vier Leger.

The right pflug is taken up by having the left foot forward, both hands on the hilt with the long edge facing forwards. The hilt should be held at the level of, and in front of the right hip with the blade and pointing towards an opponent’s face.