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Old 04-22-2013, 02:22 PM   #42
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Re: Bokken, Jo, Sword?

Marie Noelle Fequiere wrote: View Post
I found that when I train with a live blade, I am more careful with my technique. This is why I think that after a few months of training, one needs to try a live blade. Also, when I tried to draw a sword for the first time, I found that drawing the bokken from my belt did not prepare me for that.
This is why even though I cannot afford a good sword and have to settle for something cheap, I think that handling a real sword is necessary for mastering the art.
Of course, if O Sensei had such a terrible experience, I would not blame him for hanging his real sword, I would probably do the same.
May I ask what it is that you do when you handle a live sword?
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