Like most martial arts, we are holding back a bit, and not coming with as much force as we might in real life, because we don't want to hurt our partner. This is a learning situation, not one in which we are trying to "gotcha" our training partners - well, not usually, anyway.
Starting (almost) day one, we are always faced with the possibility of injury, mostly that of getting hit with a stick, or worse (and yes, it's worse) injuring a training partner because we aren't hitting with the appropriate force or the right target or angle. It's one of the things we have to overcome to do our martial art - the fear of injury.
When you work with weapons making contact, the risk of serious injury goes up considerably.
However, it's also important for us to be able to hit things as hard as we like, without the worry of hitting our partner. Thus, we hit the bags, both with sticks, and as you can see here, empty hand, too.
|Yes, we do hit stuff without a stick!|
So it's fun, and as we all know, it's good exercise too.
I'm teaching today. Guess what we're doing.
|Chuck likes hitting stuff.|