In keiko it is generally accepted that even if the bokuto it is fundamentally different than the katana, if the technique is correct performed the result is the same – extremely harmful for the opponent.
in this sense there is the example of Miyamoto Musashi.
the advantages of using a bokuto for training:
you can practice that exercises that involved a minimum contact with another bokuto with the specification that if you’re not careful you can hurt your partner.
the disadvantage of wooden swords:
it is much lighter than a steel sword.
the best exercises involving contact are those in which both partners are using shinai.
the advantages of a metal sword:
using a Iaito from the beginning you can learn to “feel the blade” and you get used to its weight and shape.
the disadvantages of a iaito:
the blade can break in case of the impact with another sword so it can be used in exercises that not involve contact.
no matter how beautiful it would be a katana should not forget that it is a lethal weapon.
its use involves a process of maturity and self confidence.
the readers of this martial art blog should understand that all the technical advices that I have wrote here do not replace the dojo training.
their purpose is meant to highlights the substance of each technique like something that should be considered as a summary.
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