Re: I would like some insight / thoughts on building an edged weapons progr
This is a tough one to answer. Are you saying that the participants cannot contact even if using rubber (dummy) knives?
In my opinion, edged weapons training is a full contact environment. Minimal contact training unfortunately generally resorts to a form of "sword fighting" and in no way reflects the realistic of hand-to-hand combat with edged weapons. Sorry if I seem to be offering little in the way of advice but as an instructor to a number of military units over the years, we've always played really hard. Try to convince the SGM that you can't learn to swim without getting in the water.
Ernest R. Emerson