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I've been practicing with a bokken for roughly a year now and have never used a tsuba.
Our dojo is preparing for kyu tests this Saturday, which will include the bokken kumitachi. During practice yesterday, our sensei said to bring our tsuba. Since I've never practiced with a tsuba before, I'm apprehensive in that it may affect my grip during the test - especially when the test is only 4 days away.
Oh well, I better take out the tsuba, put it on the bokken and practice. Hopefully, it will have minimal impact.
On a lesser note, I'm curious as to the correct pronounciation of "tsuba" and "tsuki" for that matter. I need to remember to ask my Japanese friend, Mayumi.