David Knowlton wrote:
Few people are truly symmetrical. We define right or left handed in american culture. We were taught that 'all swordsmen are right handed', so I never grip the bokken left handed.
I agree that we should Train for symmetry - so why don't we train left handed sword techniques?
Some of the tradition is always kept intact. The jo is used on both sides, and Saotome's two sword system helps to train both sides.