There were several martial arts demonstrations at the Japanese Festival. I walked into this one, something I had never seen and whose name, um, I forgot. It seemed very stylized. The participants had these strange outfits in a deep blue. Their poles were clearly substitutes for swords. One of them explained the protocol. You get points for striking your opponent on the top of the head, those epaulet-thingies and on the side around the kidneys. It didn't have to be hard, just a touch. Perhaps the skill is to defend against against it and to pierce those defenses. Sort of Safety Samurais.