Hanging targets for test cutting doesn’t give any sort of realistic impression of what a sword would actually do. Take my word for it, or read to find out why.
If you have had (good) formal instruction on longsword cutting mechanics, you would have been informed that you don’t want to create a levering action between your two hands. Here’s why.
There are two different ways that things move: translationally and rotationally. If the big words scare you, think ‘straight’ and ‘spinny’.
Does “It only takes 4 ounces of pressure for a sword thrust to pierce the body” make sense to you? Because from a physics standpoint it’s nonsense!
Learn a little more about some of the physical properties of swords, and why you are probably using terms like ‘Center of Percussion’ incorrectly.