I remember teaching meditation and weapons training at OC Aikikai - years ago. One day, we had a visit from a guest instructor at the dojo who was also a high rank Kendoka. He asked if I did any sparring with swords. I said, "sure". There were some padded type shinai so we used those. One of my students filmed some of the sparring. Click on this text to see that film footage.
Awara is 6'4" and about 360 lbs when he went up against the redman. I told everyone - NO PUNCHES! OPEN HAND STRIKES ONLY!!! Awara did not listen. He broke the knuckle of his right hand index finger.
When I was an Officer at L.A. COUNTY METRO, we had great training. I was digging through some old pics and found these. The first is of my partner and I going into full-contact "redman" scenario training. Alot of the officers were frightened by this - they were told that Redman scenario training teaches you how to respond when "you're losing a fight". They would PT the hell out of us until we were gassed out - then have us take on the biggest guy they could cram into the "redman" armor. I was smiling the whole time - some...