Draw & Tip Cuts

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Points of safety

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  • Check for Burs: Frequently and carefully run your finger along the edges of your blade to check for burs (metal splinters). File down anything your finger catches on.
  • Lay the Sword, Don’t Hack: When approaching a draw cut, bring your sword down slowly and lay it on your opponent; don’t hit them with it.
  • Draw Purposefully: You don’t need to saw or exaggerate the length of the draw. If an opportunity presents itself, you should knowingly and, in control, perform a draw.

General Points

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  • Valid Cuts: A valid cut gives constant pressure on the edge of the sword for at least 6 inches. The length can vary when drawing limbs.
  • Draw Cut VS Tip Cut: A draw cut is performed with the edge of the blade. A tip cut includes the same criteria but is performed with the tip.
  • Back Up Attack: A draw or tip cut is rarely your primary attack. It is mostly used in close range or as a back up after a failed strike.
  • Calling Invalid Cuts: With time and experience, you can develop a sense of what is a valid draw or tip cut. Until then, if you can’t call it with absolute certainty, take the shot.

Training Ideas

  • Practice Cut: Practice performing valid draw and tip cuts on a stationary opponent or object.
  • Can You Feel That?: Have an opponent perform draw and tip cuts on you and get accustomed to what a valid cut feels like.
  • Cutting It Close: Find an opponent and try to successfully perform draw and tip cuts during a fight.

Assessment

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