Impromptu Hamlet performance where there's no script? Is that a thing?
Originally Posted by KravNoob
Again it is a risk vs realism balancing act, this thread has plenty of arguments for either side, but few that admit there is a balance to strike?
-spar with semi-rigid training knives with body protection (fencing mask, cup and gloves). Some use protective goggles but I prefer the mask so you can use more force without accidentally jamming a trainer up someone's nose or something. I use PVC wrapped in pipe insulation. Cold Steel uses a similar thing for sparring even though they make realistic rubber knives.
I've done a krav drill where you and your partner kneel facing each other, with a training knife in the middle, and when the teacher says go you both try to get it and attack. I thought it was a good drill since it teaches you to instantly identify if you need to attack or defend, armed or unarmed. I thought this type of drill was good- it had real resistance and no specific choreography.
I'd say that using a training knife gives the attacker a more realistic mindset and attack, and that's where you get real useful feedback- not from a knife hitting you.
I'm essentially saying it is as real and as unscripted as a reasonable risk factor allows, while it may seem contradictory to previous posts, even after a fresh re-read, I say it is not
And they'd be right, right?
If I say it is 100% real, the naysayers will jump on the "bs that is dangerous and too risky" boat
Weapon work is like that on Bullshido. There is respect for weapon arts that actually have people fight each other, though. Kendo, Dog Brothers etc.
If I say it is as real as possible, the other group of naysayers jump on the "come on it is either real or not" boat
Sparring with masks etc, when punches kicks and takedowns are allowed satisfies my personal criteria. Krav seems to focus more on defending AGAINST weapons than fighting with them in your hand, but I think that one must learn to fight with stick and knife if you intend to defend against them.
sadly no option in any style exists AFAIK that can satisfy both of those, it is a logical fallacy