just a few questions
what is a lai-to?
what is a tan-ren?
and there was another something that begins with an "m" I think hehe
I think the tan-ren and the other thing are used for practice by yourself or something? I dunno
anyways forgive my naivety
No problem as someone else has already takled the Iaito I'll do the Tan ren. as Brian Vickery said Tanren can and is tranlated as spirit forging. In the context of aikido...specificly aikiweapons it relates to an extended sesion with a mean boken. A tanren Boken is a vert front heavy boken used to beat a car tire (originally I think it was bent sticks) the purpose isn't to strike but rather to cut. the problem for most folks (myself included) is that it is easy to strike the tire it is realy hard to perform a solid cut against something that bounces when you cut it. I don't think I have every made more than a dozen or so "good cuts" out of 200 or so attempts in a tanren session. It is a mentally educational exercise as well as an physical one. I hope that helps