Post by Darth Cervall on Nov 3, 2016 0:40:02 GMT -5
I wonder what polycarbonate blade quality is TPLA approved in sparring? Heavy grade ou Mid Grade?
I'm asking because we created a French Technic Commission for Lightsaber and talk a lot about using mid grade rather than heavy grade, because heavy grade is to heavy and dangerous – uncontroled by a young practionner – when hitting body, even protected.
Could Masters of TPLA give me their feedback please?
Mid-grades are fine for kids. They are lighter and make it easier for them.
I do not recommend them for adults because the mid-grades fail far more often and people tend to swing them harder. You can still break fingers and teeth with mid-grades. Also, heavy grade blades do not flex as much so you get less whipping hits when some one throws a hard strike and it is parried. Mid-grades also tend to give all but the lightest hilts a extreme back waited feel, sometimes balancing right at the hand. That may feel fine for the wrist, but it actually causes more problems by allowing the wrist to power the blade. There is also little to work with in terms of weight so it alters ones movement.
So my recommendation is; mids for kids, heavies for adults.
Post by Darth Cervall on Nov 3, 2016 23:45:13 GMT -5
Thanks Master D. Nonymous for your quick answer. Another debate is linked to the blade and concerns thrust strike, like Shiak, in duel and competition. What is the position for TPLA about thrust strike / shiak in competition. Is it accepted or not? In France, a lot of people want to avoid thrust strike, because it means wearing a lot of protection gear. I said, even if thrust strike is forbiden, we need to wear protection for the torso. Because accidental thrust strike can be made in competition, even with the bests practitionners. What do you think about that?
We generally don't allow thrusts with either blade. Small pokes to the mask are sometimes thrown in sparring, but thrust to the torso are avoided. The blades don't have enough flex to to that safely. Even with gear on.
Gear requirements protect from accidental thrusts etc.
Post by Darth Telos on Nov 6, 2016 17:33:20 GMT -5
Use whatever length is right for you. I use various lengths. For my main dueling saber I use a 13 inch hilt with a 36 inch blade. For form work I use 32 inch on a 10 inch hilt. For dual wielding sparrings sabers and saberstaff I use 24 inch blades.
Post by Nero Attoru on Nov 8, 2016 14:22:02 GMT -5
I don't give much thought to blade length as a "requirement", since there are perks to both longer and shorter blades. If you're using thickwalled (heavy grade) blades, a much longer blade has increased weight in addition to the increase in reach. That's not counting the fact that an opponent using the bind has more potential leverage over your weapon! You could argue whether these points are a tradeoff for the reach, but I can't imagine it's a huge issue. The longest blades I've seen are 40", which are only slightly longer than the standard 36" and 37" blades used by US and SF.
Personally, I mix it up in sparring. Nonymous makes some excellent points about the thin and thick walled blades - he also typically points out that the thickwalled blades are superior for binding, whereas the thin walled ones bend and kink in such situations. As a fencer, I do like the thin walled blades as a lightweight option, but I tend to use thicker walled blades when actually sparring.
For cosplay and other visual purposes, though, thin walled blades are far superior due to them having less material for the light to diffuse through. Just wanted to point that out!
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