First, pardon my execrable terminology; I meant to say jodan, and shomen just came out. Next, this fellow has credentials, including multiple trips to Japan. But like many of us,including me, he can also be opinionated past apparent abilities.
As for the intent of Saito's weapon kata's we certainly use them with the clear intent of enhancing empty hand training, but they don't seem to comprise ineffective sword work.
I realize that different schools do things different ways, for different reasons, and that it might be impossible to judge one style as more effective than another. But I would hope that Saito's style could be considered effective strictly as a weapons style. Is it? Any opinions? This might best be a new thread, but the question is an extension of my previous one.