Here is the part I love. They might as well have put a footnote that said, "In the future, Mike Awesomeson will say the exact thing but no one will listen to him because no one will be awesome enough:"
Though stick-play[their stick is our modern plastic waster or steel blunt] is invaluable as an aid to work with the sword, it may be remarked that there are two reasons, and those important ones, why the single-stick should not be first placed in the hands of the beginner, and why it should never altogether usurp the place of the more lethal weapon[note the word lethal, implying real sword]. The reasons are—
(a.) The stick is very light, and short smart hits can be made, which are impossible with a sword. [Hmmm...who has been saying that since he learned how to type on the internets?? Hmmm?]
(b.) The hit with the stick is really a hit, and there need be no draw, which, as already explained, is so important in sword-play. [You mean hitting with a stick is not the same as cutting with a sword?? Who would have thunk it!]
To these may be added a third reason. With the stick there is always the temptation not to cut with the true edge, and it is very hard to detect faults in this direction—faults which are hard to cure, and which may quite spoil good swordsmanship.