Re: "Traditional budo" and "Fighting art"
Tradition vs Fighting?
Well, I was thinking the other day that if someone attacked me with lethal intent while I was carrying a bokken - like you carry a bokken right? - I would turn the bokken around and hit him on the head with the handle as it is heavier. Why? The bokken is a piece of wood not a sword, and to use one as a sword may not be to use it to it's fullest capacity. Still, having said that, and having trained with a bokken as a sword for so long, it might make sense to use it as a sword since that is how I have trained. Anyway, perhaps such thinking shows the difference between tradition and fighting and the confusion that exists between the two.