This is a full-contact combat-designed activity. Because of that, we strongly believe in protecting all participants in Saber Martial Arts, those inside the fighting arena, as well as team mates, and spectators. So safety must be number one – both in terms of the fighter’s equipment but also their abilities as well.
A fighter must approach all their matches, whether it’s just in practice or in a tournament setting, controlling themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. Just as with traditional martial arts, if you come into the ring distracted in your mind, you will not be fully present, and you may endanger yourself or your opponent. So if you’re having a bad day, it’s ok to sit out this round. Take the time to relax, meditate, and re-focus yourself. Perhaps this is a day to simply watch others fight and learn from them.