Live blade training is mandatory... if you want to learn how to cut.
But not with a partner for all the good reasons given so far.
If you are not cutting all kinds of targets, stationary and moving, wth your carry blade, you are not learning how to cut.
My arnis training started with movement skills and patterns. My Western blade training started with how to cut properly and then went to patterns and uses of the various cuts.
For live blade simulation, I like a false blade that mimics my carry blade the best - I use the Spyderco drones for non-technical defensive practice. I got them as seconds at the Spyderco factory outlet in Boulder at half price. !
Edited by Cord (06/09/08 02:16 AM)