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Old 05-07-2003, 11:31 AM   #23
George S. Ledyard
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Rachel Massey (rachmass) wrote:
I didn't catch the comment where it was equated that the use of tsuba meant you were technically deficient. I can assure you that neither Chiba Sensei nor Shibata Sensei are technically deficient, and both of them use a tsuba. I think it depends on how the attacks are carried forth on whether you want one or not.
When I trained with them a number of years ago, neither one of them used a bokken with a tsuba. I think that the change is simply reflective of a preference for greater safety but even more important, you can actually buy excellent bokken with tsuba now!

George S. Ledyard
Aikido Eastside
Bellevue, WA
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