Sword techniques differ from stick techniques because of each weapon type’s different uses. (Blunt weapons produce injuries through impact, while bladed weapons are designed to cause cutting, slicing, or hacking injuries). Escrima is mostly practiced with rattan sticks of various diameters, lengths, and weights because rattan does not break, even under the most severe stresses. Of course, any such stress-tests are executed with absolute control to prevent severe injuries to our students. To demonstrate the use of sword techniques, we also use blunted blade-weapons in our schools.