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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are Realistic Sparring Weapons sharp? Are they "live-blades"?

  2. Why are Realistic Sparring Weapons realistic?

  3. Why are Realistic Sparring Weapons safe?

  4. If bladed weaponry combat is lethal or disabling within 1 hit, why go full speed?

  5. If bladed weaponry combat is lethal or disabling within 1 hit, why are there multiple rounds?

  6. Can Realistic Sparring Weapons simulate penetration by thrust and cut?

  7. Are there any custom-made Realistic Sparring Weapons?

  8. Why are you guys swinging wider than the cuts in Kendo and fencing?

1. Are Realistic Sparring Weapons sharp? Are they "live-blades"?

Realistic Sparring Weapons are not metallic weapons, so they're not sharp.

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2. Why are Realistic Sparring Weapons realistic?

Realistic Sparring Weapons are realistic in terms of length, weight, balance, hilt, blade shape and etc. that enable the user to enjoy the same feeling of holding the real weapon. Moreover, they can simulate the slippery effect of the contact of metal blades and have enough stiffness to deflect and parry incoming blows. In addition, one can spar with the same degree of force that was used in cutting through or thrusting through the targets with real weapons, thus suitable in training historical accurate weaponry techniques.

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3. Why are Realistic Sparring Weapons safe?

The hitting components of Realistic Sparring Weapons, such as the edge and the tip, feature extra shock-absorbing layer so that the partner would not be injured. Even the non-hitting components, such as the flat and the spine, have basic shock-absorbing layer.

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4. If bladed weaponry combat is lethal or disabling within 1 hit, why go full speed?

In full speed sparring, the timing and the speed would be different from slow motion sparring. Some moves that would work in slow sparring would not work in full speed. Usually the deflects and parries would become more difficult. Moreover, if the weapons differ too much in the mass and balance, even a deflect or parry catches the opponent's attack in time, it may not be able to carry it away. So only in full speed sparring could one simulates the speed, timing and power of lethal combat.

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5. If bladed weaponry combat is lethal or disabling within 1 hit, why are there multiple rounds?

Actually the rounds are not there to tell how many times one has to be hit to lose. The victory and defeat of each round are judged independently. It's just that because the practitioners still have the stamina to go on after the hit, thus they restart again.

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6. Can Realistic Sparring Weapons simulate penetration by thrust and cut?

Yes. In fact you don't have to stop your power on the moment of contact but use them like the real ones that you focus your power behind the surface of the target to make penetration. Besides the shock-absorbing layers, Realistic Sparring Weapons features flexible core that under the very strong forces during an attack, they will flex a bit to let the weapons pass through the target area.

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7. Are there any custom-made Realistic Sparring Weapons?

Yes. You may contact us and check with the feasibility as well as the price. After the payment is cleared, it should be made within one week.

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8. Why are you guys swinging wider than the cuts in Kendo and fencing?

Just like the unarmed martial arts competitions, there are sparring for points and sparring for knock out. Kendo and fencing are sparring for points and emphasize on hitting the opponent with light simulators, instead of simulating real swords fighting. Thus the tactics are different.

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For example, in terms of powering method, Kendo and fencing do not emphasize on cutting through the target and inflict actual damage but hitting the opponent in high speed to get scores. Moreover, since the simulators used are much lighter than the real swords, the speed is exaggeratingly fast and required much less force, leading to the emergence of cuts powered by fingers movement. So the destination of force in Kendo and fencing is on the surface of the target, producing multiple light taps instead of one thorough cut through.

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This tactic is different from the historical style for sure. In the real sword cutting with Katana and European sabre, the tip will be cast out and the sword will move with its own momentum. The destination of the force is not on the surface but inside the target or even through the target. These cuts will doubtlessly travel a wider arc than the superficial cuts of Kendo and fencing.

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