I believe in using historical terminology for historical arts as much as is possible. Many years ago, before I had any formal training in Western sword arts, I used the word "spar" all the time because it was the only term I could think of for some weird reason. As I started reading the historical sources more closely and getting some professional training I began to realize that word doesn't really relate to swordsmanship. Nowadays I think it just sounds goofy and ignorant, like calling a mask a "helmet" or a fuller a "blood groove."
keith cotter-reilly wrote:Having read his argument, which is well written and sourced, I have to disagree. I believe that "sparring" or whatever you call it has a place in practice and most likely always has had a place. In every martial art and sport that I have ever done there is a sparring element. In soccer it was called position drilling, in Judo randori, Karate it is kumite, etc.
In here we can have open training, to specific, to simple "honing" as stated in the article. I find it hard to believe that martial artists as skilled as the old Masters would neglect, or not think, of such a training tool.
Yeah, and in fencing its called fencing... at least in English.