Re: High(er) Intensity Weapons
A fun exercise we use in our dojo to explore some of the koryu iai kata is to attack full pace leaving the opponent option to explore any method of retaliation. Even when you know exactly what cuts are coming it is hard to do much else than defend, after a few runs through you can start to see openings and begin to try and exploit them. Although the strikes from one side are fixed you are still able to play with alteration in timings, use of seme etc. Bin off any bogu and use bokken for a genuine taste of wanting to stay away from the cuts, this definitely gives you an appreciation for those that actually did any of this for real.