trust me, you will make it. Bernard is a master; he’s supposed to kick your ass until you reach level 15 in all combat related skills. And I encourage you to train up to these levels with him, he’ll teach you his tricks, for money that is (about 5000 groschen). In the beginning you have no skills, it’s normal you will not be able to land a hit every single time, it’s supposed to be that way. But as you train your own skills as well as Henry’s will improve, trust me, you’ll start to have the feeling that you have more time, like if the time is slowing down. These “openings”/opportunities I was talking about will become clear for you. Now all my combat stats are between 15 and 20 and poor Barnard is lucky if he hits me once, he’s pretty much stuck against the fence all the time trying to parry. I spent around 4-5 hours in real life training with him in 5 different sessions. Use the wooden longsword, the longsword gives you a better reach making it easier to land a hit. Keep dancing around him, move all the time. My personal technique is the “circle of death” that I use to start the combat, move in circles around him and get slowly closer, get close to him and press “Q” to punch him, this should give you a clear opportunity to hit him, in a real combat if the opponent has no face protection a single thrust strike with a poisoned sword and the adversary is dead. The perks you choose are important too, and once you reach level 15 he’ll offer to teach you his tricks to punch your opponent in the face and other ways to get an advantage over him (that’s what will cost you around 5000 groschen). Don’t be stressed/stiff on your mouse, be calm, turn around him, dodge his attack, slightly move forward and strike, get back and start to turn around him again, get close on him, use “Q” and strike again. The combat system is hard but if you focus and are calm you will make it. Don’t forget to use “TAB” to lock on him, this helps too. The first time I played this game at release I was pretty much doing random stuff during combat, most of the time I was killed in less than a minute by peasants, then I spent some time with Bernard and things became way simpler.