About using a sharp sword

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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