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I can see why bushi often thought of their weapons as being devine and having personalities.
Tonight we were doing jo awase and it wasn't going well for me at all, as in, I think I have a broken finger and I'll have a few welts tommorrow.
Then suddenly it occured to me that I just had to trust my jo, just let it do the work and I'd be ok, my jo acquired a personality and I trusted it. Suddenly the fear went.
Just after that it occured to me that I'd just had a mental conversation with a lump of wood and the fear came back.