Test cutting with the sharp sword is an integrated part of each sword combat system. It plays also an important part in the historic Chinese sword combat, and is being trained on a regular basis.
Test cutting strongly improves the control of the blade, the posture, and the feeling for the sword. A swordsman cannot be sure that he cuts well without test cutting.
Bamboo and tatami-omote (soaked straw matt rolls) are mostly used for test cutting. Test cutting has to take place under strict safety precautions and is never to be done alone. Detailed briefings are requir.