When practicing it is better to wield two swords instead of one

May 14, 2015, 7:54 am

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The debate "When practicing it is better to wield two swords instead of one" was started by I_Voyager on May 14, 2015, 7:54 am. 13 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 23 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

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I_Voyager, ibrahim, drofaw, Yuki_Amayane, SalonY and 8 visitors agree.
PsychDave, sighnomore99, jonatron5, toughgamerjerry, cambater, soullesschicken, action007man, skyfrancois_97, Tristanzee, PandaKidd, AstroSpace, Anas and 11 visitors disagree.

It depends on the type of sword sport. For example, fencing may not be the best sport to practice with two weapons, since being able to use the side of your body which is not wielding a weapon is part of the tactical advantage. However, with a sport like kendo which you use two hands for, using two swords could increase your strength and ability to better control precise movements.

4 years ago
I_Voyager
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My girlfriend and I have been generally practicing HEMA ourselves. At first we were merely "free styling" it, but lately we've been watching HEMA training videos. We have the gist of swordsplay already judging from what we've seen, but we're noting all the extra stuff we can do.

I've been watching some Kendo vs HEMA videos lately. They're very fun to watch, though often the HEMA swordsmen seem to win. Not that says anything about the style... I lean towards the position that the fighter is more important than the style. We go back and forth between our bokkens and our longswords. I like the weight and shape of the bokken, but I find a cross guard and pommel just indispensable.

There is a style in Kendo for two swords, though I forget the term. And a second style in which your wakazashi is being used as your second weapon. But it's our experience that two swords of the same weight are better than one heavier in the main hand and one lighter in the other hand.

4 years, 4 months ago

Fair enough. I guess it comes down to where you are in learning. If you have never held a sword before, starting with two would be too difficult to properly use, and bad habits would very likely be learned. After learning how to properly use one, moving on to two is a logical progression. Having only done a few classes in kendo, I would need to learn the basics with one sword before progressing to two.

4 years, 4 months ago
I_Voyager
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Perhaps, but that's probably not all that important if the end result is being a keen swordsman. My experience is after a period of time of training with one sword in either hand (back and forth) it becomes necessary to move forward to two swords. Fighting such an opponent is not twice as difficult as fighting an opponent with one sword, but afterwards the fighter with two swords is faster and stronger with only one sword and her movements harder to match.

4 years, 4 months ago

By splitting attention between two swords, learning is more difficult and likely to take longer.

4 years, 4 months ago
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