My school does Jian Shu (straight sword) training. We spar with straight swords, military grade polymer ones. We have fencing masks,a chest protector, and some gloves on to help protect ourselves a little bit. It is a lot of fun. Teaches you that sword fights can be very quick. Footwork is key. Understanding how the weapon is properly used to slice and dice.
The swords were purchased from the World Jianshu League. here:http://www.worldjianshu.org/Store/tabid/119/Default.aspx. and the home page is here: http://www.worldjianshu.org/Home/tabid/88/Default.aspx which has sparring on it. I hope that helps. It is so much fun. you will need a fencing mask, chest/ab protection. and some sort of gloves. I think we are currently using hockey gloves. Get hit on the fingers is painful.
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