Swords have played an important role in combat in many countries throughout history, from Korea to the United States. It should therefore be no surprise that several traditional, modern, and hybrid martial arts styles involve training with this weapon. The Japanese arts of kendo, itto-ryu, and kenjutsu and the Korean art of kumdo directly focus on swordsmanship while other styles may focus on less combat-oriented approaches to sword training. Whether you want to begin practice in a sword-based martial art or you are looking to strengthen your existing skill set, the right training sword can help you accomplish your goals.
Training Sword Styles
There are several different kinds of training swords available, and it is important to pair the right sword with the right martial arts style. A sword that is too big or too heavy may impede your movement during certain styles of training and can injure you or your opponent. Likewise, a smaller sword may prove difficult while practicing styles, such as tai chi.
AWMA training swords are made of a variety of different materials. Most include hard blades as these provide more resistance for training maneuvers. However, some blades also feature coatings, which offer protection during practice and sparring.
Although sparring and training with hard materials, such as wood, bamboo, and hard plastic always carries some degree of risk, choosing a quality sword helps reduce risk. A quality blade is less likely to break on impact, which keeps splinters at bay. AWMA products feature excellent construction, so you can focus on your technique while being confident that your training sword will remain in one piece.