Chanbara's padded weapons allow full-speed weapons sparring. While practicing you'll get a feel for just how fast weapons are and how cunning opponents can be when the fight isn't scripted. You'll learn quickly while having a lot of fun with Chanbara. Take a look at some of the ideas you can use while training.
Not only do the padded weapons allow development of one-on-one skills, you can also face multiple attackers and varied weapons to develop a greater understanding of each and possibly change your training. It doesn't take long to reap some of the benefits Chanbara offers. In fact, you'll probably have a pretty good inkling in the first 2 seconds when first using double tonfa against a staff that you are gonna' need a bigger boat...
You can try just about scenario you'd like under close to combat conditions:
How does a sword work against a spear?
One against many?
Is your jo work good enough to beat a short and long sword?
What about a spear against two people with swords?
Want to try out that spectacular technique from the book or video live?
Want to get medieval and see what happens when swords and shields go head-to-head?
If you'd like to try Chanbara and live in or around the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA send me an e-mail and I'll let you know where our next occasional free session will be. Michael Langewisch is a certified Chanbara Instructor with the United States Chanbara Federation.
I enjoy teaching when asked and guest instruct at Camp Budoshin as needed. Visit budoshin.com to learn more about the annual event.
In memory of Charles B. Fisher
A few of the quarterly newsletters I wrote from the Van Nuys Mid-Valley Y.M.C.A. Karate class days
Lining Up (1996)
Weapons Safety (2000)