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08-14-2005, 02:00 AM
I'm not sure where this would go so feel free to move it.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has seen or heard one bokken actually cutting another bokken (both wood) in half. Now I don't mean breaking, I am actually talking about cutting that is clean and smooth on both ends.

The story goes that sensei and one of the advanced guys were doing suburi pretty enthusiastically (read full force) with the bokken (before someoen screams WHA!!! at the higher levels they do the same stuff with dulled live blades) and sensei actually cut the other guy's bokken in half. This has been told a couple times and backed up by everyone in the school at the time.

I'm slightly skeptical about this but I guess it is possible if one metal sword can shear off another one and a piece of straw can penetrate a telephone pole.

08-14-2005, 09:27 AM
"The idea is to transmit the energy completely," explained my sensei. "Just like a cue ball striking another ball."

With that, he used his bokken to strike on top of another bokken. Holding this bokken was Dave, his close student. There was the sound of the sticks hitting, then Dave's bokken broke in two.

A flustered sensei got Dave another bokken and completed the demonstration. But the most interesting thing from the demonstration was the broken bokken. I should say "things", because there were now two pieces.

There was no shattering or splinters from the two pieces. It looked as if the pieces had broken off each other, the way a piece of flint is broken off the main rock. There didn't seem to be any faults within the grain of the bokken. There were no other cracks or splits.

Both the holder and demonstrator were very experience. This was the only time anything like this had happened.

Lyle Bogin
08-14-2005, 12:42 PM
There was most likely a natural flaw in the wood.

08-14-2005, 04:11 PM
There was most likely a natural flaw in the wood.That is exactly what my reaction to this incident would be. Except I saw it happen and examined the pieces afterward.

Go figure.