I think they're just much further down on the aliveness-scale when it comes to sparring. He likes my guys a lot because we're well-trained, and it doesn't bug us to work with live blades. It might also be a case of differing opinions of the word "sparring" - to them, they might exclusively feel that's getting padded up, and grabbing trainer weapons. Both times I've trained with him, we did a little slap-boxing and sticking hands - this time I was actively trying to draw one of his knives while doing so, but he's pretty canny about protecting them.
Originally Posted by Robdogg
Yes. All weapons were fight-worthy - no dull blades or flimsy props. The sticks were kamagong or bahi.
Also, you said that they try to use live weapons whenever possible, does that mean that the katars and knives used in sparring were sharp?
We also did a multiple opponent drill, with one person standing in the centre of the circle, sort of a zombie town scenario, and the goal was to make it to the outside. Unsurprisingly, we all died like punks.
]While I don't think that you can really "win" against multiple opponents with any sort of consistency, I've found that I survive longer than I used to when my FMA class does multi-person sparring, and sometimes I can even successfully run away.
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