Broadsword (dao) drills are similar to stick drills, however the emphasis of the weapon is different.
Sticks are concerned with tapping and poking.
The broadsword movements involve slicing, chopping and stabbing.
The weight of this weapon makes it potentially strenuous at first.
Students should begin with a wooden sword and then build up to a heavier blade.
We strongly dissuade students from purchasing a sharp sword until they are of an instructor standard.
A sharp sword may not be used in class by students.