LIVE BLADE TRAINING IS USELESS
Training with live, sharpened blades is useless. There. I said it.
It is a needless act of bravado that carries so much risk that even the slightest deviation from agreed upon rule sets can result in serious permanent injury.
Those who practice with live blades will typically defend it in two ways. One is to cite realism. That in real life, there will be no training blades. The second way they defend it is to cite that it creates a healthy fear for the blade. Both arguments are ridiculous and without merit.
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Some people have been asking for sparring videos. There is some very light technical sparring in this video, along with some LIVE BLADE training!!! We work a lot of weapons training for Kali, so when we technical spar, we can make contact with the weapons but not to the limbs. Again, this is very light sparring, and represents the beginner stages of sparring where controlling your strikes is the main focus while maintaining correct range and timing with your footwork. Another reason why we start slowly here is because we are using LIVE BLADES at certain times, so control is imperative...
As Always...GAME ON...STAY FIT...and KEEP ON TRAINING!!!
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After an exhaustive search online, there appears to be no good example of live blade drilling. None. There are no live blade drills that match the intensity, energy and intent of drilling with training knives. None. Zero. It doesn’t exist. What you will find are highly choreographed and consensual exchanges moving at unrealistic speeds and with no intensity whatsoever. In short, it isn’t very realistic.
Knife defense is arguably simple, but it certainly isn’t easy. It requires hard work. It requires intensity, intent, directness and aggression. They are unpredictable and uncomfortable. They are devoid of art. Adding the element of a live blade under these parameters is not only pointless, it is downright dangerous. It immediately removes all other components of realistic training: intensity, aggression, intent and unpredictability…and the slightest deviation from a mutual understanding (choreography) can lead to a dramatic and immediate stoppage to training…possibly forever.
Remember that we are talking about training, not fighting. Training with live blades is like taking your gun from the range and having a mock shootout in the forest with your friends…with real bullets. Here’s what you’re actually doing: You stop trying your best to kill one another and begin trying your best not to. Live blade training under any sort of self-defense context is silly bravado. Nothing more. It is quite like saying “Hey, point that loaded gun at me so that I have a healthy fear of it.” — Ridiculous. You want a healthy fear of the blade? Take a sharp knife, cut something with it, then imagine that thing is you. Its like saying “Go run in traffic so you have a healthy fear of cars.” Silly.
There is one silver lining to live blade training and it is under the umbrella of artistic performance. Solo flow drills with live knives, machetes and bolos adds to the delight of your audience in the same way circus acts thrill us with death defying feats of bravery. For the sake of artistic performance, live blade training may have its place.
Live Blade Flow : Double Machetes ( Kali / Arnis / Eskrima )KIDS, DON"T TRY THIS AT HOME!!! Now that that's out of the way (but seriously, kids,don't) , those are my regular hardware store-bought machetes. The blades were used as they were bought and were not altered in any way. Training with live swords adds dimension and thrill to regular training, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. If you feel you're ready for it, make sure you've had ample training under a reputable Kali instructor, never do live blade training without him/her supervising, and start slow. This is where all those long hours practicing sinawali would come into play. 🙂 Wear goggles, wear shoes - we wouldn't want those toes gone if one of the blades dropped, would we? 🙂 Please, train smart and stay safe.
Also, I feel like I have to explain this haha - I was supposed to be Snake Eyes (a G.I.Joe toy) on the stage, along with the dolls and the toy soldiers during a Christmas presentation, but I couldn't see with the mask on, the blades felt like they would slip from my hands with the gloves on, and I coudn't move comfortably with the other "action figure accessories" stuck/hanging from my body, so I didn't wear them. So there 🙂
Gratitude goes to Grandmaster Henry Espera, founder of Rapido Realismo Kali, who made me train with KAMAGONG (Philippine Iron Wood) sticks which were really heavy. As a result, those machetes felt relatively light on my hands. Thank you, Grandmaster Henry! KAMAGONG FOR THE WIN!
To recap, live blade training removes the necessary components in knife defense realism. It offers a very high risk of injury that will lead to training stoppage and potentially a hefty hospital bill. Those who do it…and convince others to do it are doing so irresponsibly and for the wrong reasons. If they are doing it under the context of some warrior rite of passage, kindly remind them to stop pretending they are a tribal elder in some remote jungle village…and get yourself back into some honest training.