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Old 08-03-2005, 11:56 PM   #20
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Dojo: Aikido of San Leandro
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Re: "blocking" with japanese sword

just to clear up any confusion about tsuba one might have, it is not by any means meant to protect the hand from another blade. It is only meant to stop the hand from sliding up onto the blade after a thrust (tsuki) or strike. "Blocking" with a katana is more like redirecting the blow to the side, or in the case of a tsuki, either using the edge (yes, the edge) to redirect the opponent blade or getting out of the way and striking to the back of the head (the most common killing move, though there are others).

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