Of course I don't mean in real swordfighting! I am talking about while practice fighting someone else. When your are fighting your should be able to tell your death, weather a blow will kill you. If it glances your hip, you can usually keep on going on ect. This is the kind of death I mean. Not if you are going to when a battle or not, thats not the kind of knowing your dead I am talking about. This is a important factor to swordfighting. Please do consider when you are hit wether you are dead or not, becuase lying about a hit only will make you a worse fighter. You must be able to accept defeat.