As I look over in the corner here in my Dad's old library, now my husband's office there is one of the Florida shinai. With all the family stuff, including that of my brothers, I have to hunt to find how many of the other shinai are still around. Even the very small ones were useful, especially teaching defense against yokomen uchi, when I brought them back to my own little YMCA dojo. A tap at the collarbone on one side and the elbow of the other served to catch the attacker's momentum and then go on to do any of the usual techniques. Sometimes I talked about cat's whiskers, to sense where the attacker was to stay always out of reach, as it is said cats use their whiskers to measure how to go thru narrow spaces.... I did love teaching in my home town, hope I did it right!