What to Know about Sparring with a Katana

Learn what you need to know before sparring with a katana from Sensei Oliver Martin in this katana sword fighting video from Howcast.

Transcript

In proper Kenjutsu training there’s really no such thing as sparring. The best thing that one can do is find a qualified teacher who moves well, who has a lineage tradition and can show you about the realities of true Kenjutsu. And in that way you’ll be able to intuit what actual combat feels like and what the proper training involves, in order to get to a level where you could be combative. But in the sense that we have in martial arts today of sparirng, there’s really no actual sparring with live blades in classical Kenjutsu training.

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