With the fighting area set up I eagerly jumped in and started pulling levers and leveling my skills up. But as a father of three i wanted a way to train while running around and playing with my kiddos. Well one day the solution hit me. Take training weapons and beat on birds or rats. You will gm all your fighting skills on one of these poor beasts because you cannot damage them.
So with any melee skill or archery just target one and away you go. For parrying just target a few birds and let them beat on you as they cannot kill you and your golden! This will take you from 0-gm in a few hours.
Not sure if this is helpful or not but its the training method i use for my fighters.