Re: Hombu Culture
That's very nice, you're right of course. There must be a zillion sword, jo kaziwaza, etc. schools in japan. Very few independent jo schools, usually jo techniques resemble the style that you're in. Karate jo looks like karate, etc.
Its said that o'sensei got his major sword training from Aiaido sp? I've talked to people from other sword styles, they all pretty much consider o'sensei a sword man. You can learn katana stuff anywhere in japan, as well as develop your own techniques.
O'sensei never stopped anyone from going to other schools. In fact, you're right, o'sensei liked it when you learned stuff from another school.