F.C. Christmann served in Napoleon’s Imperial Guard. His approach to cut and thrust fencing sets him apart from any other German fencing master of his age…
The fencing book published by Christman and Pfeffinger deviates from almost all Central European approaches to cut and thrust fencing.
A centerpiece of Christmann’s method is the changing of the line of attack. In fact, practicians of modern aiki-bokken will recognize the one or other similarity.
Source: Christmann, F. C. und Pfeffinger, G. Theoretisch-Praktische Anleitung des Hau-Stoßfechtens und des Schwadronhauens nach einer ganz neuen Methode, Offenbach am Main: self-published (?); 1838.