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Old 09-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #19
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Re: Bokken Sparring- Chushin Tani Aikidojo

Cliff Judge wrote: View Post
Incidentally, what is the point of using bokken instead of shinai anyway? You could probably go at it harder with shinai. You've got full bogu on so you wouldn't even need to spring for fukoro shinai.
The way the "swords" feel against each other is amazingly different. With steel it's different still. Techniques like harai feel very different. there is also a difference when when you lock up and move in for grappling. Steel would be better still, and as I've said we've worked on a limited basis with steel, and may go there more in the future.

FWIW, not true in all cases.Certainly not if you use the word kendo as the Japanese do.
Modern sport Kendo, which is what I just assumed we were talking about, no longer allows grappling. If you use the word as older Japanese do, then I guess you could even say, in this video we are practicing "Kendo"- but I usually just assume people mean modern sport Kendo when they speak of "Kendo".

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