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Old 10-15-2014, 04:23 PM   #9
Keith Larman
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Re: Youtube: Kakari Geiko with Empty Handed and Weapons Techniques

I will offer one criticism, and this is one of my pet peeves. There's a section where one of the participants is "twirling" his bokken around like a baton twirling routine. "Flourishes" with the Japanese sword are rare. It reminds me of the western movie where the cowboy spins the gun on his finger before holstering it. Basically an invitation to shoot yourself or someone else accidentally. Given the reverence for the Japanese Sword in Japanese culture, seeing them twirled around usually strikes me as at best odd. That said, I've seen some more "swirly" movements before in koryu sword arts. But usually they're quite reserved in comparison to this. Then again, maybe it's just something I've not seen before and perfectly "legit".


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