Re: Traditional (Ancient) Training methods and the martial arts
It might be worth noting that some of the warrior cultures you are discussing, including the gladiators, had far more opportunities to practice their skills in actual combat, whether or not they sparred in practice. Ball players engage in "practice games" prior to the start of the season, but during the season most skills practice is drill-based, because they are practicing the "game" on a frequent basis.
Just a thought.
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