Get used to the weight of the FITSWORD®, with a safe progression, made of simple and basic gestures with a weight that you can handle, and over time increase the weight and complexity of gestures and choreographies.
We made the training symmetric all along the learning curve, even at the very beginning. At first you should alternate during your training session, the use of one arm and then of the other, in order to learn and master the use of the sword with each arm, your natural dominant arm, as the other not natural and non-dominant arm.
The alternate training allows to rest one arm while training the other, flowing from exercise to exercise without pause (added cardio value).
You'll get the coordination needed to master the FITSWORD® with the non-dominant side of your body.
The ultimate training goal is the ability to use effectively 2 FITSWORDS®, and the ability to practice and duell with them.
it requires lots of coordination and mind-body control. Build the automatism to make the 2 arms independent and able to strike an attack while the other arm defends you from a blow. To make it possible, the non-dominant arm must have been trained as long and with the same attention of the dominant arm.
With your FITSWORD® you can do free-style drills, where creativity is mixed with athletic skills and infinite possibilities.
Free-style moves will open the door of improvisation, linking drills that involve one arm, two arms doing the same moves, two arms doing different moves, all combined with foot-works or other functional movements.
You can spend an entire training session (we often spend entire afternoons) just practicing various drills, on your own or with friends, and contaminate your style with the style of the others. Learning and training by doing.
All in a safer way than with Clubbells, being the blade soft and padded, and in a healthier way for your joints (thanks to the reduced torque having the mass almost concentrated on the handle, instead than on the elongated part).
The result is an exhausting workout for your arms, shoulders, chest, back, core and legs. You won’t count the strokes… you just keep going until your body says stop.
Even if you play slow and soft, each move is a rep... every duel is a straining set. At every attack, at every move, you'll feel the FITSWORD® more and more heavy, but you got to endure and keep on sparring, till your contender can't lift his sword anymore!!
You will gain strength from sword cut/thrust/parry exercises and endurance if you train with long sequences of cuts.
Gladiators would spend hours a day training with their heavy wooden swords (rudus) through a full body workout by moving their bodies around through pushing, thrusting, twisting, dodging, squatting and lunging away from the opponent. The constant swinging of the sword helped sculpting shoulders, arms, core, legs while they refined technique, gaining strength and stamina.
Safety depends on the distance.
The FITSWORD® is like a short sword (70 cm long). The range is limited and the movements are wide and predictables.
The purpose of this training is having fun and learn the technique with style, while you improve strenght, endurance, agility, coordination.
You can’t swing and use the FITSWORD® without using your muscles. It’s your muscles that power the FITSWORD®, so you have to choose the weight that you can properly handle.
This means that two persons of different sizes/strenghts can train together with FITSWORDS® of different weight.
Each contender struggles with the weight of the FITSWORD® chosen, while sparring and training.
This feature allow the practice in a mixed class with people of different size and strength, as they can train together, each one feeling the strain of their training.
Once you master the Fitness and Light Combat skills, you can practice some Combat for more freedom and unpredictability.
You enter the world of combat sports and martial arts where confrontation is more "hard" and the purpose is no longer the simulation of the basic movements but their real application with the intent to touch or strike the opponent (in this case the use of protections is strongly recommended).
When training alone, you can make your technique and style perfect. Repetion makes perfection.
But when you train with a partner, be ready to adapt all you have learned to an endless amount of variables.
Every contender is different. The interaction provides different situations each time, forcing you to change and adapt what you learned.