Jorgen Matsi wrote:
I'm not in favour of contact sparring with bokken... I just say that the old times show that it's impossible to learn to fight with sword without sparring with bokken.
I believe this is a fairly inaccurate statement. I think the reason they used bokken is because no one thought of the idea until the 18th century. At which point I'm sure heads were slapped and Japanese was uttered to the equivalent of "Jeez, I wish we'd thought of that sooner".