The ultimate goal of combat preparation is twofold: combining calmness and determination to create the correct mindset and at the same time conditioning the body in such a way that a fighter moves naturally in accordance with martial principles. Drills, technique practice, fencing theory, tactical and psychological education are all brought together in sparring and freeplay. Such combat simulations are supplemented by cutting practice and drills with sharp blades.
Today, training swordsmanship is – fortunately – not required for survival. Its purpose is solely recreational. Yet pursuit of excellence remains a demanding affair, requiring many years of disciplined training.