Self Defense/Sword Fighting

Advertisement


Question
What benefits do you think sword fighting practice can give to someone who is doing self defense training? I find sword fighting to be pretty fun if you practice it with fake but realistic looking swords with no edges, and some body gear. What do you think you can benefit from learning how to use swords and going against your partner with a sword? So I'm just wondering what can sword training and fighting give you?

Answer
Let me tell you a summation that I got from Rory Miller.

Martial arts are acting. Fighting is improv.

He and I both use this to explain an important concept.

Acting and improv are NOT the same. Improv is an art unto itself. BUT, without acting training you're going to suck at improv.  You need the skills you get from acting to be good at improv. Because you need the nuts-and-bolts aspects of acting to be good at improv.

Basically, that's so you don't have to think about those nuts-and-bolts details while you are improv'ing. You can turn your entire focus on winging it.

I am a BIG fan of sword fighting as part of learning things about movement that you're NOT going to get in any other kind of MA training (like getting the hell out of the way of an attack). So I vote yes, because the list of useful -- and transferable -- skills you pick up doing it really helps in not having to think about them in a self-defense situation. They're there.  Now focus on not getting hurt by an attacker

Self Defense

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Marc MacYoung

Expertise

Street self-defense, crime avoidance and personal safety

Experience

I grew up in the streets of Los Angeles in 'situational poverty.' I have dealt with criminals and violent people all my life -- both personally and professionally. I have written 15 books and 6 videos on surviving street violence. I was originally published under the name Marc Animal MacYoung. (Animal was my street name). I've taught police and military both internationally and within the US. I've lectured at universities, academies and done countless TV, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews. I'm a professional speaker on crime avoidance and personal safety. And I am an expert witness recognized by the US court system. My bio is at www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/marcmacyoung.html My abridged CV (Curriculum Vitae) is at http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/seminarEW.htm

Organizations
See CV

Publications
Too numerous to list here. My CV (for my expert witness work in court) is at http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/seminarEW.htm

Education/Credentials
Read "In the Name of Self-Defense" the streets don't give a Ph.D in scuffle.

Awards and Honors
See CV

Past/Present Clients
See CV

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.