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I don't think anyone suggested that katate waza is secret or for super-masters. We use katate men suburi during warm up all the time. It's a technique like gyaku do is a technique - takes more practice...
If you have exhausted all possibilities and ensured that frequent shinai breakage is not a result of faulty tenouchi (after all, how your shinai wears out is a good indicator of your kendo), here is something...