Sword Academy Classes and Activities
Using a sharp steel sword to cut various targets gives students an opportunity to test the skills they have learned in class. It demonstrates the importance of edge placement and gives students a feel for the amount of force required for a successful cut. We make use of several different targets when test cutting; including plastic bottles and milk jugs filled with water, foam noodles and pumpkins.
Annual Halloween Test Cutting
This video is a collection of clips showing Sword Academy students test cutting pumpkins with various weapons.
Overhead Cut from the Right
In this clip Milan executes a sequence of three cuts as described in a historical manual. He begins with a falling
cut with his true edge followed by a rising cut with the false. The series of cuts is concluded by another falling
cut from right to left which successfully strikes the target.
Rising Cut from the Left
Here the student delivers a strong beat from his right side and follows it with a rising false edge cut from the
left. While in drills this cut may feel weak, it delivers a strike strong enough to cut the target in half.