Combative Weapons (Part 1)

The Japanese Art of Chanbara Promises Safe Sparring for All Martial Artists If you want to walk anywhere in the world without risking injury to your feet, you have two options. You can carpet the surface of the earth and walk barefoot, or you can put shoes on your feet and walk on whatever surface lies in front of you. Obviously, the first option is nonsensical while the second is quite practical. Why is it, then, that when martial artists engage in weapons sparring, they insist on covering every square inch of every legal target on their body so it can be struck with an unpadded weapon? Why not simply

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