Managing Safety in Martial Arts

Swinging a steel sword at someone, even a blunted one, seems risky. That’s because it is. How do we manage to practice an art that is traditionally deadly in a way that allows us to keep practicing it — often rigorously — for a long time? There are three primary ways that we mitigate risks…

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What’s on your head?

When it comes to head protection, most of us use fencing masks, whether we’re fighting with rapiers, knives, longswords, or anything else. Anyone who’s done this for a while, however, will be well acquainted with the idea of mask failure. All masks have a limited lifespan: over time, and with repeated blows, the mesh loses…

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