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.
For physical safety, we work to establish a minimal, realistic base of safety equipment required during sparring practice and at tournaments. We’re also sensitive to the potential investment faced by students and take that into consideration. As such, you’ll find our schools put together a minimum set of required gear, with optional recommended gear. Many students, as they progress in their saber combat journey, take advantage of optional items, as it just makes good sense. For example, shin guards aren’t typically required, but it only takes getting hit there once or twice before you’re making a purchase.
Keep in mind, this is a full-contact sport, so expect to get hit. So we work to make sure people are adequately protected, and also that students are not simply swinging without power or blade control, and thus creating a hazard to their fellow students. Everyone plays a part in safety, and we must all take responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others.