"AT THE end of the day, if you want to cleave — take the head off somebody — it doesn't matter if you use an English broadsword, a Japanese samurai sword or a sabre," fight choreographer Karin Kennedy explained.
"Stylistically you move the same way."
Taken out of context, Kennedy's words are macabre.
But the truth is her focus is all on the art form.
Kennedy has more than 40 years of experience in martial arts.
She has travelled to Europe to train and exhibit her skills and is a regular performer at the annual Blacktown Medieval Faire.
Kennedy and her students are a highlight at the event, as they role play realistic battle moves in front of crowds of 50,000 people in Nurragingy Reserve.
The interest generated at those festivals has led Kennedy to open a new school in Glendenning.
Kennedy, who is a judo and taekwondo expert, said that like all martial arts the physicality of sword fighting was only part of the skill.
"In my heart, it's about building leadership skills," she said.
"If you can learn to take control, teach others and learn something new, that's something that's got to pass on to other areas of life."
For Kellyville resident Lauren Phillips, who has trained with Kennedy for five years, the attraction was multi-faceted.
"It's a great workout, awesome physical exercise and it teaches a skill and grace that I couldn't find in many team sports," she said.